Thyroid Tests 101: TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.

Thyroid Tests 101: TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.

Thyroid Tests 101: TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.

What do TSH levels mean?

Dr.Guttler’s Commnets.

  1. The test helps determine whether or not the thyroid, a small gland in the throat, is functioning correctly.
  2. Normal thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels typically fall between 0.4 and 4.0 milliunits per liter (mU/L).
  3. Higher levels sugges thypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid.
  4.  Lower levels indicate hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid.
  5. A TSH  test involves taking a blood sample.
  6. A TSH test helps doctors determine how well the thyroid gland is functioning.
  7. The TSH test helps doctors diagnose common thyroid disorders, such as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
  8. A TSH test may also help indicate other types of thyroid problem, such as:
  9. Graves’ disease, which causes greater activity of the thyroid
  10. Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition where the body attacks the thyroid
  11. Thyroid nodules, which are lumps on the thyroid that contribute to an overactive thyroid
  12. Inflammation of the thyroid gland, called thyroiditi
  13. Postpartum thyroiditis, which is temporary thyroiditis following pregnancy
  14. Already have a thyroid disorder diagnosis?
  15. People who have a known thyroid disorder may have regular TSH testing to monitor their condition and the effectiveness of their treatment.
  16. Pregnancy.Some doctors will recommend that pregnant women have TSH tests to check their thyroid hormone levels.
  17. Experts support testing for thyroid disease in women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
  18. Newborn babies in the United States will also often get a routine TSH test for congenital hypothyroidism as part of their screening program.
  19. If a person’s results show them to have high or low levels of TSH, they will usually require further testing to determine the underlying issue.

 

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