Acta Med. 1999, 42: 13-14

Soluble Interleukin 2 Receptors' Levels Versus Thyroid Hormones Levels in Nonthyroidal Disease

Ioannis Iliasa, Georgios Panoutsopoulosb, Nikiforos Filippouc, Anna Dimac, Ioulia Christakopouloub, Paraskevi Roussoud

aSotiria Hospital, Department of Medicine, Athens, Greece
bSotiria Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Athens, Greece
cSotiria Hospital, Ninth Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Athens, Greece
dThird Department of Medicine, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Received October 1, 1998
Accepted April 1, 1999

Serum soluble interleukin-2 receptor levels, basal thyrotropin, total thyroxine, total triiodothyronine and free triodothyronine were assayed in 29 - otherwise healthy - patients with pulmonary tuberculosis before initiation of anti-tuberculosis treatment and after two weeks of therapy. Twenty seven out of 29 patients presented low-normal total triiodothyronine levels, showing a statistical elevation after anti-tuberculosis therapy. Total triiodothyronine levels before anti-tuberculosis therapy were inversely correlated with levels of serum soluble interleukin-2 receptors. Further investigation on the relationship between soluble interleukin-2 receptorÕs levels and thyroid hormones in non-thyroidal disease can be envisaged.


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