The International Journal of Romanian Society of Endocrinology / Registered in 1938

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April - June 2018, Volume 14, Issue 2
Case Report

Hayta SB, Guner R, Cam S, Akyol M

Rosacea is Associated with Thyroid Autoimmunity: A Case Control Study

Acta Endo (Buc) 2018, 14 (2): 248-251
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2018.248

Background and aims. There are numerous intrinsic and extrinsic factors associated with the pathophysiology of rosacea, including immune dysregulation. The aim of this study is to determine the relationship between rosacea and thyroid autoimmunity. Methods. Seventy-two patients with rosacea and 62 rosacea-free control subjects were included in the study. Serum free triiodothyronine (fT3), free thyroxine (fT4), thyrotropin releasing hormone (TSH), antithyroidperoxidase antibody (ATPO), antithyroglobulin (anti-Tg), prolactin, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), basal cortisol, serum CRP concentrations and erythrocyte sedimentation rate were measured. Results. The number of the cases with high levels of CRP, anti-M and prolactin in rosacea group were significantly higher than the controls (p<0.05), there was no significant difference according to other parameters in both groups (p>0.05). There was no significant difference according to the presence of a thyroid disease in both groups (p>0.05). The decrease in the CRP parameter in patients with the disease duration of 1-5 years was found to be statistically significant (βCRP=-0.251, pCRP<0.05). There was no statistically significant difference according to disease severity or disease duration (p>0.05). Conclusions. Rosacea may be associated with high thyroid autoantibodies, prolactin and CRP levels, in which immune-endocrine interactions are important.

Keywords: rosacea, autoimmunity, thyroid, antimicrosomal antibody, antithyroglobulin antibody, prolactin, dihydroepiandrosteronsulphate.

Correspondence: Melih Akyol PhD, Cumhuriyet University, Faculty of Medicine, Deparment of Dermatology, Sivas, 58140, Turkey, E-mail: