A hypoechoic pattern of the thyroid at ultrasound does not indicate autoimmune thyroid diseases in patients with morbid obesity

Mario Rotondi, Carlo Cappelli, Paola Leporati, Spyridon Chytiris, Francesca Zerbini, Rodolfo Fonte, Flavia Magri, Maurizio Castellano, Luca Chiovato

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Objective: Thyroid ultrasound (US) scan is a valuable tool for diagnosing thyroid diseases. In autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), an hypoechoic pattern of the thyroid at US is related to circulating thyroid antibodies (Abs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of thyroid US for the detection of AITD in patients with morbid obesity. Design: Thyroid US scans showing an hypoechoic pattern of the thyroid were collected from 105 morbid obese patients (body mass index (BMI) >40 kg/m2) and 105 non-obese patients (BMI≤30 kg/m2). Results: A thyroid hypoechoic pattern at US was consistent with clinical/biochemical features of AITD in 90/105 (85.7%) non-obese patients and in 22/105 (20.9%) morbid-obese patients (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Endocrinology
Volume163
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A hypoechoic pattern of the thyroid at ultrasound does not indicate autoimmune thyroid diseases in patients with morbid obesity'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this