Table 1

Number of subjects analyzed and the frequency of heterophile antibodies

GroupsNHeterophile antibody +% of heterophile antibody +
Normal controls7534.0
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT)3000
Graves disease (GD)1000
Relatives of HT, GD,4500
 and vitiligo
All diabetic families*
Type 1 patients13964.3
  • * These samples include 128 patients and 212 relatives from this study as well as four diabetic patients and seven of their relatives previously reported (11). 

  • P < 0.003; statistical significance was determined by a two-tailed χ2 test.