Frequency and relevance of elevated calcitonin levels in patients with neoplastic and nonneoplastic thyroid disease and in healthy subjects.

@article{Karanikas2004FrequencyAR,
  title={Frequency and relevance of elevated calcitonin levels in patients with neoplastic and nonneoplastic thyroid disease and in healthy subjects.},
  author={Georgios Karanikas and Abbas Moameni and Christian Poetzi and Georg Zettinig and Klaus Kaserer and Christian Bieglmayer and Bruno Niederle and Robert Dudczak and Christian Pirich},
  journal={The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism},
  year={2004},
  volume={89 2},
  pages={
          515-9
        }
}
Routine measurement of serum calcitonin (CT) has been recently proposed for all patients with neoplastic thyroid disease to detect clinically occult medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). Data on the prevalence of elevated CT levels in nonneoplastic thyroid disease or in healthy subjects have not been reported to date. Four hundred and fourteen consecutive patients with suspected thyroid disease and 362 healthy controls underwent thyroid examination with measurement of basal serum CT. Whenever… CONTINUE READING

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