To evaluate the significance of anti-thyroglobulin and anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody levels in locoregional metastatic disease in patients with well-differentiated thyroid cancer.Included patients underwent initial treatment for well-differentiated thyroid cancer at our institution between 2014 and 2018. The following variables were collected: age, sex, pre-operative thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), thyroglobulin (Tg), anti-thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb), anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb); extent of surgery; T-stage; N-stage; extrathyroidal extension (ETE), extranodal extension (ENE), lymphovascular invasion (LVI), and multifocal disease. The relationships between pre-operative TPOAb, TgAb, Tg, and TSH and disease status were analyzed.405 patients were included in the study. 66.4% were female. Mean age was 52 years. Elevated TgAb was associated with the presence of lymph node metastases (LNM) in both the central and lateral neck (p<0.01), with stronger correlation with N1b compared with N1a disease (p=0.03). Presence of ETE was inversely associated with TgAb titer (p=0.03). TPOAb was associated with lower T- stage, fewer LNM, and lower likelihood of ETE (p=0.04, p=0.04, p=0.02). In multivariable analysis, TgAb=40 IU/mL was an independently predictive factor of higher N-stage (p<0.01 for N0 v. N1 and p=0.01 for N1a v. N1b), and for ENE (p<0.01). TPOAb=60 IU/mL was associated with lower T-stage (p=0.04 for T< 3) and absence of ETE (p=0.01).Elevated pre-operative TgAb was an independent predictor of nodal metastases and ENE, while elevated TPOAb was associated with a lower pathologic T and N stage. Pre-operative anti-thyroid antibody titers may be useful to inform disease extent and features.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.eprac.2021.06.014
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