(27) In these circumstances, an additional TSH test
is recommended after 6-8 weeks in order to assess whether the TSH elevation persists, thereby supporting the diagnosis of primary hypothyroidism.
Improvements in measuring thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the 1980s and early 1990s expanded the usefulness of TSH tests
from detection of elevated TSH levels to include detection of suppressed TSH levels associated with hyperthyroidism.
Research Foundation, if you are taking thyroid replacement, the glorified TSH test
is not valid.
After a patient's TSH level has normalized, the maintenance dosage should be continued with an annual or semiannual TSH test
or when the patient demonstrates a change in symptoms.
He determined the cost of a TSH test
(Abbott Laboratories) to be $2.74 and the cost of a T4 test to be $2.82.
Relying on the TSH test
alone to determine if you're hypothyroid could leave you misdiagnosed and mistreated.
The TSH test
obviously is not set up to be run STAT.
For patients with abnormal serum TSH concentrations, follow-up consists of a focused history, physical examination with special attention to the thyroid gland, a repeat TSH test
for verification, determination of serum thyroid hormone concentrations, and sometimes, imaging studies.
The fallacy of the TSH test
in determining the need for thyroid hormone replacement was another bone of contention with the OMB, despite the presentation of an alternative point of view that considers the safety of and many benefits of adequate thyroid hormone replacement.
What's wrong with your TSH test
? This woman doesn't look hyperthyroid - she shouldn't have a low TSH.
For example, if the thyroid is underactive because the hypothalamus is suppressed (as is common in fibromyalgia and/or chronic pain), the TSH test
, which is the most often used to evaluate thyroid function, may appear to be normal or even suggest an overactive thyroid.