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My mom had more than 20 years ago a partial thyroidectomy ( due to presence of nodule). Now we suspect an autoimmune disease. She has now a nephrotic syndrom and surprisingly TSH level increased from 2 to 26 suddenly.

By Anonymous May 2, 2009 - 7:15am
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Even if she( mother 70 years old) had more than 20 years ago a partial thyroidectomy (due to nodules presence) and since everything was ok since, can we suspect a hashimoto disease now?
She has now a nephrotic syndrom and A high level of TSH ( 26) occured suddenly . the week after TSH went back to normal after taking for couple of days 2 pills of eltroxyne instead of one.
Doctors are suspecting a lupus but no biological proof till now ( biopsie didnt show a lupus) . Do you think a hashimoto disease could occur ? Why this increase of TSH? Even she made a pet scan and thyroid gland was absent...no sign of any cancer in the pet scan.

Few months ago she had a pericarditis with effusion and pleural effusion too. At that time we thought it was viral.
The only thing we have to diagnosis a lupus is a positive ANA : 1/320. whereas other lupus test are negative. thank you for your help

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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you so much for visiting the website and for posting your question about your Mom. I contacted Dr. Theo Friedman, one of our experts, and this is what he had to say:

"I’m so sorry to hear that her Mom is having health issues. In my opinion, based on what she is saying, her Mom may be hypothyroid and should go on thyroid replacement. She can also check a tpo antibody to see about Hashimoto’s. Best in health, Dr. Theo Friedman"

I hope this helps, and please post again to let us know how your Mom is doing and what you find out. Big hugs to you, Michelle

July 17, 2009 - 11:23pm
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Dear Anon

Thank you very much for your question.

We have submitted it to one of our experts - please check back over the next few days and we hope to have more information for you.

Thank you!

May 3, 2009 - 5:14am
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