Endogenous serum antibodies that interfere with a common thyroid hormone uptake assay: Characterization and prevalence

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  • We identified individuals whose serum contained a substance that produced falsely decreased thyroid hormone (T)-uptake values determined by the Emit(TM) (Syva) procedure. Investigation of this interference was prompted by identification of a patient with T-uptake values inconsistent with clinical assessment. IgG depletion and supplementation studies with this patient's serum suggested that the interference was due to endogenous antibodies with specificity for the thyroxine-glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase conjugate in the Emit T-uptake assay. The prevalence of the interference was examined by prospectively comparing routine Emit T-uptake values of 1710 patients' samples to T-uptake values obtained by another method. Discrepant samples were also assayed by a radioactive binding triiodothyronine-uptake assay. We identified eight samples that had falsely decreased T-uptake values by Emit, for an overall prevalence of 0.46%. Among 45 consecutive patients with a T- uptake value <20%, five patients, or 11%, were falsely decreased by Emit and three of these were clearly due to an interfering IgG. We suggest that samples with abnormally low T-uptake values determined by the Emit method be confirmed by an alternative method.
  • Authors

    Author List

  • Ritter D; Brown W; Nahm MH; Ladenson JH; Scott MG
  • Start Page

  • 1940
  • End Page

  • 1943
  • Volume

  • 40
  • Issue

  • 10