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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


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Should a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid graves disease?

Should a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid graves disease?

Not necessarily: A tsh-receptor antibody would be the more appropriate blood test to test for graves disease. ...Read more

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Does a thyroid ultrasound test for hypo and hyperthyroidism?

Does a thyroid ultrasound test for hypo and hyperthyroidism?

Not reliable: It can give you some clues about hypo or hyper but it cannot tell you for sure about thyroid function. The only test to do that is the blood test. ...Read more

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Can an EKG treadmill test with normal results rule out heart disease? Or do I need other tests to test for CAD & heart structure problems or blockage?

Can an EKG treadmill test with normal results rule out heart disease? Or do I need other tests to test for CAD & heart structure problems or blockage?

Probably: If you are healthy 36 y/o woman with no symptoms and no risk factors, then probably normal exercise stress test is all you need. If you have risk factors or symptoms, then you could consider coronary cta, nuclear stress test or even cardiac cath. ...Read more

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Blood test for thyroid disease always the same for hypo and hyper?

Blood test for thyroid disease always the same for hypo and hyper?

TSH screen: Tsh level, with or without free t4, is the usual test to screen for thyroid function. If both of these are normal, there is usually no need for additional tests. Both hypo and hyper thyroid disorders can be screened for by these tests. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

No lab tests: Coronary artery disease is mainly diagnosed by assessing one's. Cardiovascular risk as well as sorting out various symptoms. Lab tests to help here would be a full lipid panel as well as a CRP which is a marker of inflammation. These do not detect plaque but do help i risk analysis. D-dimmer is used for venous disease ie blood clots in legs or lungs. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

None: The sad reality is that there's no blood test for atherosclerosis. The d-dimer test most assuredly will not. An ultra sensitive c-reactive protein will address the probability of developing buildup but will not tell you if you have it. Electron beam ct which provides calcium score gets you closer but is not a blood test. Please read my comment:. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

Cholesterol: Lab tests do not detect impending heart disease.The risk factors for atherosclerosis and vascular disease could serve as markers of risk for cardiac disease. Elevated cholesterol and ldl, low hdl, increases triglycrides are usual risk factors. Other risk factors that are not lab tests are hypertension, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, lack of physical activity. D-dimer will not help. ...Read more

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Which blood test would I need to test for diabetes? Metabolic panel?

Which blood test would I need to test  for diabetes? Metabolic panel?

Diabetes testing: The current testing guidelines for type 2 diabetes are hemogloblobin A1c (over 6.5%), fasting blood glucose (>126) and 2 hr blood glucose (>200). Symptoms that suggest you need to be tested include symptoms of hyperglycemia (such as frequent urination, increased thirst, blurred vision) or hyperglycemic crisis with random plasma glucose ? 200 mg/dl. If this is you, see your doc right away. ...Read more

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Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Need specific test: You need to be testing for graves disease - there is no shotgun test for all autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Does a thyroid ultrasound test for hyper or hypothyroidism?

Does a thyroid ultrasound test for hyper or hypothyroidism?

Neither: A thyroid u/s tests for the texture and appearance of the gland. It can tell you if you have a growth on it or not. Sometimes an u/s can suggest hyper by the amount of blood flow going though it but it's not always accurate/reliable. I wouldn't use a thyroid u/s to test for hyper or hypo function. You need a blood test for that. ...Read more

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Can a t3/t4 thyroid test be a false negative? If so, what additional thyroid tests can be done to correctly diagnose?

Can a t3/t4 thyroid test be a false negative? If so, what additional thyroid tests can be done to correctly diagnose?

TSH: The most sensitive test for determining your thyroid level is a TSH level. If TSH and free T4 levels are normal, you likely do not have a thyroid function problem. Don't let anyone start treating you with thyroid hormone based on symptoms alone. ...Read more

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What test can check for autoimmune disease?

What test can check for autoimmune disease?

It depends: There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. The tests ordered depend on which autoimmune disease you suspect. ...Read more

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What lab work should be done to test for Fabry's disease?

What lab work should be done to test for Fabry's disease?

Enyzyme Assay: Fabry disease test, called an enzyme assay, measures the amount of alpha-GAL enzyme activity in the blood. This is an x-linked disease so family history should be consulted. It is mild in females and much more severe in males. Enyzme replacement treatment is available and there clinical trial for treatment. ...Read more

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Would a thyroid scan and ultrasound together identify grave's disease?

Would a thyroid scan and ultrasound together identify grave's disease?

No: A radioisotope 131i scan can show where iodine is picked up (usually throughout the whole gland). An ultrasound is useless. The diagnosis is based on elevated thyroid hormones T3 (liothyronine) and t4, suppressed TSH and, if necessary a marker of autoimmunity (usually a tpo ab). ...Read more

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How can one test for thyroid disease?

How can one test for thyroid disease?

Labs: The most common test to screen for thyoid problems is to get blood work. The usual test would include TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), t4, free t3 (liothyronine). Tsh comes from your brain and tells your throid gland to secrete t4. T4 is activated to T3 (liothyronine) in your liver (80%) and other tissue in your body. T3 (liothyronine) is what gets into your cells and tells your cells to "speed up". ...Read more

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Is there a test to check for thyroid function?

Is there a test to check for thyroid function?

Yes: Start with tsh, and can continue with free T4 and free t3 (liothyronine). Depending on results, your dr will order further studies. ...Read more

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