Results of less than 20 for TgAb (antithyroglobulin antibodies) or less than 10 for TPO Ab (microsomal antibodies) are within acceptable ranges, as some people in the normal population can have small amounts of antibodies and not have thyroid diease. Different labs may have different ranges, mine has ranges of 0-40 for each.
Results greater than 20 for TgAb or 10 for TPO Ab (according to your lab's ranges) indicate a positive antibody response. The higher the number, the greater the antibody response and the stronger the attack is on the thyroid.
Just as an aside, the antibody levels apparently does not indicate the severity of the disease.
I just read "Thyroid for Dummies" and saw this written. I recommend the book. The MD author says the upper limit for the normal TSH should be 2.5.
Each person has an individual antibody response to the same disease.
For example, I had the Hepatitis B vaccine in 1987 because I work in the lab. In 2000, I began work on another lab and they wanted to test my Hepatitis antibody level. It was assumed I needed a booster shot b/c it had been so long since the initial vaccine.
Not so, my antibody levels were off the chart.
However, my TPOab are high at 422, but not sky high.
I think too much is made of the actual antibody level, as opposed to just looking at the fact that it is positive.
A homogenous texture means that the tissue is the same throughout, even and ordinary.
A heterogenous texture means some spots are firmer or less firm than the normal consistancy. Not as healthy as a homogenous textured organ.
Great news on the antibody tests peggy!
Lab ranges sure are strange though. I thought the range for TPOab was <40, and TGab was <30. Yours are <10 and <20. I guess the ranges vary. I wonder if the testing procedure is different?
Someone posted the other day with a TPOab of 15 and her test was marked high. I asked her if she meant 150 or if she knew the upper limit on the test because the upper limit was <40. Maybe I was wrong.
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