A comparison of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody prevalence in patients treated and untreated for hyperthyroidism

Calhan T., Senates E. , Cebeci E., Zuhur S. S. , Ozbakir F. , Gorpe U.

ENDOCRINE, cilt.38, sa.2, ss.199-205, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 38 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s12020-010-9373-x
  • Dergi Adı: ENDOCRINE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.199-205


We aimed to compare the prevalence of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) and its subgroups between on-treatment (with anti-thyroid drugs; propylthiouracil, methimazole) and untreated patients with hyperthyroidism in our unit. Overall 78 consecutive patients were enrolled in the study; 45 patients were on-treatment (female/male 31: 14) and 33 were newly diagnosed (female/male 20: 13). We have studied ANCA, perinuclear-ANCA (p-ANCA), cytoplasmic-ANCA (c-ANCA), myeloperoxidase-ANCA (mpo-ANCA), and proteinase 3-ANCA (pr3-ANCA) in sera of all the patients. The data about clinical status, laboratory tests, and physical examination and mean duration of treatment in treated group were recorded. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups for ANCA, c-ANCA, and pr3-ANCA (P = 0.13, P = 0.07, and P = 0.63 respectively). p-ANCA and mpo-ANCA prevalences were significantly higher in on-treatment group than in untreated group (P = 0.04 and P = 0.01, respectively). The mean duration of treatment was 17 months in on-treatment group. The use of antithyroid drugs (propylthiouracil, methimazole) seems to be correlated with increased prevalence of ANCA. These drugs may especially increase p-ANCA and mpo-ANCA positivity.