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Screening for thyroid disease

K Wolinski, A Stangierski, K Dyrda, K Nowicka, M Pelka, A Iqbal, A Car, M Lazizi, N Bednarek, A Czarnywojtek, E Gurgul, M Ruchala
PURPOSE: Acromegaly is a chronic disease resulting from pathological oversecretion of growth hormone and subsequently insulin growth factor-1. Several complications of the disease have been reported, including cardiovascular diseases, respiratory disorders but also increased risk of benign and malignant neoplasms. The aim of the study was to evaluate the risk of malignant neoplasms in the patients with acromegaly in comparison with the control group. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Medical documentation of acromegalic patients treated in one medical center between 2005 and 2016 has been analyzed...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Amy E Burchell, Jonathan C L Rodrigues, Max Charalambos, Laura E K Ratcliffe, Emma C Hart, Julian F R Paton, Andreas Baumbach, Nathan E Manghat, Angus K Nightingale
European guidelines recommend that patients with hypertension be assessed for asymptomatic organ damage and secondary causes. The authors propose that a single magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can provide comprehensive first-line imaging of patients assessed via a specialist hypertension clinic. A total of 200 patients (56% male, aged 51±15 years, office BP 168±30/96±16 mm Hg) underwent MRI of the heart, kidneys, renal arteries, adrenals and aorta. Comparisons were made with other imaging modalities where available...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
L Lazzeri, R Colucci, A Cammi, F Dragoni, S Moretti
Background. There are limited epidemiological studies evaluating the effect of age at onset on disease features in vitiligo. Objectives. To identify factors associated with adult onset vitiligo in comparison with childhood onset vitiligo. Patients and Methods. We retrospectively collected medical records of 191 patients. Such records included clinical examination, personal and familial medical history, laboratory evaluations, concomitant vitiligo treatment and drug assumption. Results. 123 patients with a disease onset after the age of 40 (adult onset vitiligo) were compared with 68 patients who developed vitiligo before the age of 12 (childhood onset vitiligo)...
2016: BioMed Research International
Imran M Paruk, Yasmeen Ganie, Sureka Maharaj, Fraser J Pirie, Vasudevan G Naidoo, Ntombifikile M Nkwanyana, Hilary L Dinnematin, Pratistadevi K Ramdial, Ayesha A Motala
OBJECTIVE: Data on the prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) and gastric autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) in Africa are limited. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of antithyroid peroxidase (TPO-A) and antiparietal cell antibody (PCA) in patients with T1DM at a tertiary diabetes clinic in Durban, South Africa. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional observational study among subjects attending the adult T1DM clinic at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital...
October 14, 2016: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Berglind Jonsdottir, Christer Larsson, Annelie Carlsson, Gun Forsander, Sten Anders Ivarsson, Åke Lernmark, Johnny Ludvigsson, Claude Marcus, Ulf Samuelsson, Eva Örtqvist, Helena Elding Larsson
CONTEXT: Screening of autoimmune thyroid disease in children and young adults with Type 1 diabetes is important but vary greatly between clinics. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to determine the predictive value of thyroid autoantibodies, thyroid function, islet autoantibodies, and HLA- DQ at diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes for autoimmune thyroid disease during subsequent follow-up. SETTING: 43 Paediatric Endocrinology units Sweden. Design, patients and main outcome measures: At diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, samples from 2433 children were analysed for autoantibodies against thyroid peroxidase (TPOAb), thyroglobulin (TGAb), glutamic acid decarboxylase (GADA), insulin (IAA), insulinoma-associated protein-2 (IA-2A), and the three variants of the zinc transporter 8 (ZnT8W/R/QA) as well as HLA-DQA1-B1 genotypes and thyroid function...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Michela Marina, Gian Paolo Ceda, Raffaella Aldigeri, Graziano Ceresini
To evaluate the causes of the first referral to an endocrine visit of patients with thyroid cancer in a mildly iodine-deficient area and to correlate them with prognostic features. We studied 298 consecutive patients (64 M and 234 F) with thyroid cancer. Of these, 281 had differentiated thyroid cancer. The causes of referral were categorized as follows: (Group A) clinical evidence of a neck lump; (Group B) incidental imaging in subjects without known thyroid diseases; (Group C) incidental imaging during a workup of thyroid disorders...
October 14, 2016: Endocrine
Stephen R James, Lopamudra Ray, Kandasamy Ravichandran, Sunil Kumar Nanda
BACKGROUND: A controversy exists regarding the association between subclinical hypothyroidism (SH) and dyslipidemia. Moreover, studies on lipid ratios and atherogenic index of plasma (AIP) in SH are rare, particularly in the Indian scenario. AIM: This study aimed to investigate abnormalities in conventional lipid profile, lipid ratios, and AIP in SH and attempted to correlate thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and AIP in SH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective analysis of patient records of SH subjects and euthyroid subjects, age, free triiodothyronine, free thyroxine, TSH, total cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, lipid ratios, and AIP were compared between the two groups...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Rauf Latif, Ronald B Realubit, Charles Karan, Mihaly Mezei, Terry F Davies
Pathological activation of the thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR) is caused by thyroid-stimulating antibodies in patients with Graves' disease (GD) or by somatic and rare genomic mutations that enhance constitutive activation of the receptor influencing both G protein and non-G protein signaling. Potential selective small molecule antagonists represent novel therapeutic compounds for abrogation of such abnormal TSHR signaling. In this study, we describe the identification and in vitro characterization of a novel small molecule antagonist by high-throughput screening (HTS)...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Jian Yu Xu, Elizabeth G Grubbs, Steven G Waguespack, Camilo Jimenez, Robert F Gagel, Julie Ann Sosa, Rena Vassilopoulou-Sellin, Ramona Dadu, Mimi I Hu, Chardria S Trotter, Michelle Jackson, Thereasa A Rich, Samuel M Hyde, Steven I Sherman, Gilbert J Cote
BACKGROUND: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 is an autosomal dominant inherited syndrome caused by activating mutations in the RET proto-oncogene. The K666N RET DNA variant was previously reported in two isolated medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) cases, but no family studies are available, and its oncogenic significance remains unknown. METHODS: The clinical features, genetic data, and family information of eight index MTC patients with a germline RET K666N variant were assessed...
September 27, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Abhilash Chandra
BACKGROUND: There is an increased prevalence of hypothyroidism in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients as the glomerular filtration rate falls. However, there is a paucity of Indian data in this respect. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis was performed based on the database of the information system of a tertiary care hospital in northern India to retrieve results of nephrology CKD outpatients (> 18 years of age) from September 2013 to October 2015 to determine the prevalence of hypothyroidism in the non-dialysis-dependent CKD population...
September 2016: Kidney Research and Clinical Practice
Elisabeth M Messmer, Victoria von Lindenfels, Alexandra Garbe, Anselm Kampik
PURPOSE: To measure matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) in the tear film of patients with dry eye disease (DED) compared with controls and to correlate clinical findings. DESIGN: In a prospective study, 101 patients and controls underwent MMP-9 testing of the tear film. Thereafter, they were evaluated for symptoms and signs of DED. PARTICIPANTS: Included patients were those who showed 3 of the following 4 dry eye criteria: ocular surface disease index (OSDI) score of more than 12, tear film break-up time (TBUT) of 10 seconds or less, Schirmer test results without anesthesia of less than 10 mm/5 minutes, and corneal staining results of 1 or more...
September 21, 2016: Ophthalmology
Basant M Elnady, Naglaa M Kamal, Raneyah H M Shaker, Amal F Soliman, Waleed A Hasan, Hamed A Alghamdi, Mohammed M Algethami, Mohamed Bilal Jajah
Autoimmune diseases are considered the 3rd leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the industrialized countries. Autoimmune thyroid diseases (ATDs) are associated with high prevalence of nonorgan-specific autoantibodies, such as antinuclear antibodies (ANA), antidouble-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (anti-dsDNA), antiextractable-nuclear antigens (anti-ENAs), rheumatoid factor (RF), and anticyclic-citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP) whose clinical significance is unknown.We aimed to assess the prevalence of various nonorgan-specific autoantibodies in patients with ATD, and to investigate the possible association between these autoantibodies and occurrence of rheumatic diseases and, if these autoantibodies could be considered as predictor markers for autoimmune rheumatic diseases in the future...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nisha Panth, Keshav Raj Paudel, Rajendra Karki
Juglans regia Linn. (Juglandaceae), popularly known as English or Persian walnut, is a valuable medicinal plant with a potency to cure various diseases in traditional medicine. Since ancient time, different local ethnic groups have used various part of J. regia for a wide array of ailments including helminthiasis, diarrhea, sinusitis, stomach ache, arthritis, asthma, eczema, scrofula, skin disorders, diabetes mellitus, anorexia, thyroid dysfunction, cancer and infectious diseases. Biological activities of J...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Poupak Fallahi, Silvia Martina Ferrari, Ilaria Ruffilli, Giusy Elia, Marco Biricotti, Roberto Vita, Salvatore Benvenga, Alessandro Antonelli
We have evaluated prospectively the prevalence of other autoimmune disorders in outpatient clinic in 3069 consecutive patients with diagnosed chronic autoimmune thyroiditis (AT), with respect to two age- and sex-matched control groups: a) a control group of 1023 subjects, extracted from a random sample of the general population without thyroid disorders; b) 1023 patients with non-toxic multinodular goiter extracted from the same random sample of the general population, with similar iodine intake. The results of our study demonstrate a significant increase of the prevalence of autoimmune disorders in AT patients (with respect to both controls), for the following diseases: chronic autoimmune gastritis (CAG), vitiligo (Vit), rheumatoid arthritis, polymialgia rheumatica (Polym), celiac disease, diabetes, sjogren disease, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, alopecia, psoriathic arthritis, systemic sclerosis, and HCV-related cryoglobulinemia...
September 15, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Hyeong Sik Ahn, Hyun Jung Kim, Kyoung Hoon Kim, Young Sung Lee, Seung Jin Han, Yuri Kim, Min Ji Ko, Juan P Brito
BACKGROUND: The incidence of thyroid cancer has increased worldwide. The country where the incidence has increased most is South Korea. The goal of this study is to understand the magnitude of association between opportunistic thyroid cancer screening and thyroid cancer incidence, thyroid cancer subtype, and disease-specific mortality. METHODS: We used the 2010 Korea Community Health Survey, which queried 226,873 individuals if they had been screened for thyroid cancer in the last two years...
October 18, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Andrea Prodosmo, Amelia Buffone, Manlio Mattioni, Agnese Barnabei, Agnese Persichetti, Aurora De Leo, Marialuisa Appetecchia, Arianna Nicolussi, Anna Coppa, Salvatore Sciacchitano, Carolina Giordano, Paola Pinnarò, Giuseppe Sanguineti, Lidia Strigari, Gabriele Alessandrini, Francesco Facciolo, Maurizio Cosimelli, Gian Luca Grazi, Giacomo Corrado, Enrico Vizza, Giuseppe Giannini, Silvia Soddu
BACKGROUND: Variant ATM heterozygotes have an increased risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Costs and time of sequencing and ATM variant complexity make large-scale, general population screenings not cost-effective yet. Recently, we developed a straightforward, rapid, and inexpensive test based on p53 mitotic centrosomal localization (p53-MCL) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) that diagnoses mutant ATM zygosity and recognizes tumor-associated ATM polymorphisms...
2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Karen D Lariosa-Willingham, Elen S Rosler, Jay S Tung, Jason C Dugas, Tassie L Collins, Dmitri Leonoudakis
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis is caused by an autoimmune response resulting in demyelination and neural degeneration. The adult central nervous system has the capacity to remyelinate axons in part through the generation of new oligodendrocytes (OLs). To identify clinical candidate compounds that may promote remyelination, we have developed a high throughput screening (HTS) assay to identify compounds that promote the differentiation of oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) into OLs...
2016: BMC Research Notes
Patrick Hanley, Katherine Lord, Andrew J Bauer
Importance: Normal thyroid gland function is critical for early neurocognitive development, as well as for growth and development throughout childhood and adolescence. Thyroid disorders are common, and attention to physical examination findings, combined with selected laboratory and radiologic tools, aids in the early diagnosis and treatment. Objective: To provide a practical review of the presentation, evaluation, and treatment of thyroid disorders commonly encountered in a primary care practice...
October 1, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
Liborio Torregrossa, David Viola, Elisa Sensi, Mirella Giordano, Paolo Piaggi, Cristina Romei, Gabriele Materazzi, Paolo Miccoli, Rossella Elisei, Fulvio Basolo
CONTEXT: Approximately 40% of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) harbor the BRAF V600E mutation, which is significantly associated with the advanced clinico-pathological features of PTC at diagnosis, higher recurrence rate and disease-related mortality. BRAF alterations other than V600E are less common in PTC, and their clinical significance remains to be established. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to describe a large cohort of rare exon 15 BRAF alterations (r-BRAF), the clinico-pathological features of PTC harboring these alterations and to clarify their clinical significance...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Giovanna Muscogiuri, Daniela Mari, Silvia Prolo, Letizia M Fatti, Maria Celeste Cantone, Paolo Garagnani, Beatrice Arosio, Carolina Di Somma, Giovanni Vitale
BACKGROUND: Low 25(OH) vitamin D levels have been associated with several autoimmune diseases and recently with autoimmune thyroiditis (AT). The aim of the study was to investigate the association of AT with low 25(OH) vitamin D levels in the elderly. METHODS: One hundred sixty-eight elderly subjects (mean age: 81.6 ± 9.4 years) were enrolled. Serum levels of 25(OH) vitamin D, anti-thyroid peroxidase (TPO-Ab), anti-thyroglobulin (TG-Ab) antibodies, free triiodothyronine (FT3), free thyroxine (FT4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) were measured...
2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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