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What causes elevated thyroid peroxidase antibody levels in women?

I had blood work done and my thyroid level came up as 5.4. Further blood work today shows my Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody at 280 -- nurse says it should be 9 or less. I have an apt with a specialist Tuesday but am really worried. Wondering why mine might be so high, what might be wrong, is it treatable and how and is that common for women as they get older?
Tue, 2 Jun 2015
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hi I did review your concern.
An elevated value of thyroid peroxidase antibody with a increased TSH level is indicative of Hashimotos thyroiditis.
It is an autoimmune condition in which there is lymphocytic invasion and destruction of thyroid gland leading to mild neck swelling and hypothyroidism. you might feel sleepy, gain weight, feel less hungry, remain constipated and experience menstrual and skin and hair loss changes.
However, the symptoms can be treated by using long term thyroxine tablets once in morning starting from low dose and titrating according to TSH levels. The disease per se is not treated as there is no know etiology as to why and how it begins.
I hope this helps
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What causes elevated thyroid peroxidase antibody levels in women?

Hi I did review your concern. An elevated value of thyroid peroxidase antibody with a increased TSH level is indicative of Hashimotos thyroiditis. It is an autoimmune condition in which there is lymphocytic invasion and destruction of thyroid gland leading to mild neck swelling and hypothyroidism. you might feel sleepy, gain weight, feel less hungry, remain constipated and experience menstrual and skin and hair loss changes. However, the symptoms can be treated by using long term thyroxine tablets once in morning starting from low dose and titrating according to TSH levels. The disease per se is not treated as there is no know etiology as to why and how it begins. I hope this helps Wish you all the best Thank you for choosing healthcaremagic.