A member asked:

Thyrotropin level 2.2 foe 65 yo female with chf and water retention problem. acth is less than 0.1 and cortisol is normal-8. can fluid retention be caused by the thyroid functions? thanks

3 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Paul Kaplowitz answered

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology

Fluid retention can result from a severely underactive thyroid but with a TSH of 2.2 your thyroid seems to be working fine. Your low ACTH is puzzling but the normal cortisol is reassuring and I don't think you have a severe adrenal problem

Answered Oct 6, 2015


Dr. Clarence Grim answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

65F with normal Thyroid tests asks can water retention be caused by thyroid problems.Not likely as thyroid is normal but very severe low thyroid can do this. The most common problem with water retention in CHF is that you are eating more salt than your heart and kidneys can get rid of. Recommend you move to DASH eating plan with Na

Answered Oct 6, 2015


Dr. Mathew Chengot answered

Specializes in Cardiology

if one has CHF the primary cause for fluid retention if heart failure and thyroid has very low effect on this diet,medications for hesrt failure are the key in treatment

Answered Mar 1, 2016



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