UNLABELLED: During follow-up on patients treated for differentiated thyroid cancer, thyroglobulin (Tg) antibodies can interfere with the Tg assay, making the use of Tg less reliable as a tumor marker. PURPOSE: To compare Tg and Tg autoantibodies (Tg-Ab) methods used in Denmark, regarding the number of patient samples being accepted for evaluating the result of a serum thyroglobulin (s-Tg) measurement. DESIGN: 95 consecutive blood samples drawn from patients in 2006 in one center were selected according to the following criteria: s-Tg <1μg/l and accepted BRAHMS Tg+ recovery test using 50 ng of Tg. Samples were retested with: (1) DPC IMMULITE 2000 Tg and Tg-Ab, (2) BRAHMS Tg and Tg-Ab on Kryptor, (3) BRAHMS Tg+ and Dynotest anti-Tg, (4) DELFIA hTg and recovery test using 25 ng of Tg, and (5) BRAHMS Tg+ with recovery test using 1 and 50 ng of Tg. RESULTS: The number of patient samples that was not accepted for Tg evaluation varied from 2 to 26% when the reference values suggested by the manufacturers of the assay were used. When using the detection limit to the cutoff seen in epidemiological studies the number increased to 40%. CONCLUSION: We found large discrepancies in acceptance of patient samples for s-Tg evaluation, thus illustrating a diagnostic dilemma.
European Thyroid Journal, 2012, Vol 1, Issue 3, p. 193-197