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Ann Endocrinol (Paris). 1991;52(2):109-12.

[Chronic autoimmune thyroiditis and C-cell hyperplasia. Study of calcitonin secretion in 24 patients].

[Article in French]

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Service d'Endocrinologie et M├ędecine Interne, CHRU, Angers.


Serum calcitonin (CT) was determined by radioimmunoassay, using two monoclonal antisera, in 22 women and two men, who had Hashimoto's thyroiditis as confirmed by echographic, immunological or cytological criteria; in 23 patients, serum CT levels were measured after intravenous infusion of pentagastrin (Pg). In 21 cases, basal and Pg stimulated serum CT concentrations were normal. A 61-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man, both euthyroid, had high serum basal CT: 12 pg/ml and 35 pg/ml; infusion of Pg resulted in abnormal increases in serum CT levels: respectively 64 pg/ml and 115 pg/ml. Another patient, a 65-year-old woman with primary hypothyroidism had high serum basal CT: 90 pg/ml (the Pg stimulation test was not done because of ischemic heart disease). Each of these 3 patients had a total thyroidectomy. Pathological examination of the thyroid showed typical features of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and extensive C-cell hyperplasia. After surgery, serum CT levels fell to normal. Therefore, a high serum CT can be observed as the consequence of C-cell hyperplasia in Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

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