The presence of higher levels of thyroglobulin, but not thyroid autoantibodies, in the thyroid vein in Graves’ disease

Fong Fu Chou, Pei Wen Wang, Shyr Ming Sheen-Chen

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To investigate the possible major source of thyroid autoantibodies production, blood samples were obtained from thyroid vein, jugular vein and peripheral vein during subtotal thyroidectomy in 12 patients with Graves’ disease (11F, 1M; age 16–39 yr). Among them, 7 were treated preoperatively by methimazole, 4 by iopanoic acid and 1 by propranolol. All blood samples were assayed for thyroglobulin (Tg), thyrotropin binding inhibition immunoglobulin (TBII), antithyroglobulin antibody (TgAb) and antimicrosomal antibody (McAb). Tg, a native product of thyroid gland, was markedly elevated in the thyroid veins, over 4 to 6 folds that of jugular veins or peripheral veins. However, the level of thyroid autoantibodies including TBII, TgAb and McAb in the thyroid veins were not significantly different from that in the jugular or peripheral veins. Our preliminary data suggest that it is thyroglobulin, and not thyroid antibodies that is present at higher level in the thyroid vein than the periphery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes



  • antimicrosomal antibody
  • antithyroglobulin antibody
  • hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroglobulin
  • thyrotropin binding inhibition immunoglobulin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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