Associations of urinary phthalate metabolites with risk of papillary thyroid cancer.


NHC Key Laboratory of Food Safety Risk Assessment, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, Beijing, 100021, China. Electronic address: [Email]


Some studies have revealed thyrotoxicity of phthalates; however, associations of phthalate exposure with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) remain unclear. We conducted a pair-matching case-control study of 111 PTC cases and 111 age- and sex-matched non-PTC controls to examine associations between urinary concentrations of phthalate metabolites and PTC. Phthalate metabolites were determined in fasting urine specimens by ultra-performance liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS). After adjusting for potential confounders and other phthalate metabolites, the concentrations of the sum of di (2-ethylhexly) phthalate (DEHP) metabolites in urine were positively associated with PTC [odds ratio (OR) = 5.35; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.61-17.83], suggesting the effect of phthalates exposure on PTC development. The findings require confirmation.


Case-control study,Phthalate,Thyroid cancer,Urinary metabolites,

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