How useful are autoantibodies in diagnosing thyroid disorders?
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Thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAb) may be mildly elevated in a variety of thyroid disorders, but a TRAb level >10 U/L increases the probability of Graves' disease by a moderate to large degree (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, cross-sectional study). A positive or negative thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb) test increases or decreases the probability of autoimmune thyroid disease by only a small to moderate degree (SOR: B, 3 cross-sectional studies).
Journal of Family Practice, 57(9) 2008: 615+.
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