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Multiple Sclerosis Patients Should Have Thyroid Evaluation

By August 25, 2007

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Study results published in the European Journal of Neurology found antithyroid antibodies (antibodies against peroxidase and thyroglobulin) five times more prevalent in people with untreated multiple sclerosis (MS). Since MS patients are more likely to have antithyroid antibodies than the general population, the researchers recommend that all MS patients have thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and antithyroid antibodies evaluated.

MORE INFO: Multiple sclerosis, like many thyroid conditions, is an autoimmune disease. Find out more about autoimmune conditions. For more info on MS, visit our About.com Multiple Sclerosis site.

Source: Munteis, E. et. al. "Prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disorders in a Spanish multiple sclerosis cohort." European Journal of Neurology, Volume 14, Number 9, September 2007 , pp. 1048-1052(5)

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