Autoimmune disorders run in families and are caused when the body's immune system begins to attack healthy tissue - this causes inflammation and damage. Symptoms are known as particular branches of autoimmune disease, such as thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s or Graves’ Disease), lupus, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and coeliac disease for example. Several symptoms can be associated which means an individual's family members could be diagnosed with different symptoms of autoimmune disease.
Characteristics of autoimmune disorders may include chronic, progressive arthritic symptoms, fever, fatigue, muscle weakness, and/or a rash that can not readily be explained.
Thyroid peroxidase antibodies work against thyroid peroxidase, an enzyme that plays a part in the T4-to-T3 conversion and synthesis process. TPO antibodies can be evidence of tissue destruction, such as Hashimoto's disease.
Your finger prick test kit and all instructions are posted directly to you, and there is no need to visit a collection centre.
You do not need to fast for this blood test.