Biotin Supplementation and Thyroid Laboratory Results

Biotin, which is a water-soluble vitamin, is given in several genetic conditions and often used as a supportive treatment in mitochondrial disorders.  A recent report (S Kummer et al. 2016; 375: 704-6 Letter to Editor) noted six children ages 1 mo-9 yrs with markedly abnormal thyroid studies who were receiving biotin.  The results mimicked Graves’ disease with high free thyroxine levels, low thyrotropin levels, and elevated anti-thyrotropin receptor antibodies.

After stopping biotin, these biochemical abnormalities resolved in 48 hrs for free T4/TSH and 7 days for anti-thyrotropin receptor antibodies.

My take: High-dose biotin can create concerning laboratory profile of Graves’ disease. Awareness of this phenomenon is important for endocrinologists and pediatric gastroenterologists as well.

Glacier Nat'l Park

Glacier Nat’l Park


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.