ETJ_201711003_1_12_Supplementary_material.docx (13.51 kB)

Supplementary Material for: Prognostic Value of Stimulated Thyroglobulin Levels at the Time of Radioiodine Administration in Differentiated Thyroid Cancer

Download (13.51 kB)
posted on 26.06.2018 by Spaas M., Decallonne B., Laenen A., Billen J., Nuyts S.
Objective: The prognostic value of stimulated thyroglobulin (sTg) and Tg-related parameters prior to and immediately after radioactive iodine (RAI) administration was assessed in a cohort of patients presenting with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) as a predictor of recurrent or progressive structural disease. Methods: Clinical records of 180 DTC patients were retrospectively reviewed, and serum TSH, Tg, and Tg antibodies were recorded just before RAI administration (pre-) and at the time of whole body scanning (post-). Based on the results of initial staging and RAI scintigraphy, patients were divided into two groups: those who were considered to be structurally disease-free after thyroidectomy and RAI (group 1) and those who were not (group 2). Univariate analyses were performed for pre-Tg, ratioTg (post-Tg/pre-Tg), and other clinical and pathological markers for long-term outcome, as well as separate bivariate analyses focusing on pre-Tg to correct for possible confounders. Different pre-Tg cut-off values for predicting structural disease recurrence were assessed in a subgroup of patients in group 1 prepared with thyroid hormone withdrawal. Results: In group 1, (n = 166) male gender, higher T-stage and both Tg-related parameters proved to be significant risk factors for structural disease relapse. Of all candidate variables, only higher T-stage served to predict progressive structural disease in group 2 (n = 14). Subgroup analysis showed a negative predictive value of 91.67% for pre-Tg < 10 µg/L. Conclusion: The sTg value at the time of RAI administration may be helpful in predicting structural disease recurrence in patients with DTC.