Presence of systemic autoimmune disorders in patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases.

@article{Tektonidou2004PresenceOS,
  title={Presence of systemic autoimmune disorders in patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases.},
  author={Maria G. Tektonidou and Margarita Anapliotou and Panayotis Vlachoyiannopoulos and H M Moutsopoulos},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2004},
  volume={63 9},
  pages={1159-61}
}
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases (ATD) and the presence of systemic autoimmune disorders among ANA positive patients with ATD. METHODS 168 consecutive patients with ATD with positive antithyroid antibodies and 75 healthy subjects were tested for the presence of ANA. ANA positive patients were further evaluated by complete history, physical examination, blood and urine tests, and immunological studies. Patients… CONTINUE READING