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How do they test for thyroid disease?

How do they test for thyroid disease?

Function with lab te: The function of the gland can be tested with blood tests of thyroid hormone (t4 and T3 (liothyronine) and the pituitary response to function (tsh). The structure of the gland can be assessed with an ultrasound. Sometimes a radioisotope uptake (rai) and a radioiodide scan can test activity/structure. ...Read more

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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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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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 samples are taken for thyroid disease, prolactin and pocs test?

What samples are taken for thyroid disease, prolactin and pocs test?

Several: Thyroid antibody panel would be required. For pcos and fsh and lh would be done, a a prolactin is a simple test in an ov itself that is used to test to see if it is being produced in proper amounts or too much that could indicate a pituitary problem. ...Read more

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Is a blood test the definitive answer as to whether a person has a thyroid disease?

Is a blood test the definitive answer as to whether a person has a thyroid disease?

It depends: Blood tests tell many things about the thyroid, including whether it's overactive (hyperthyroid) or underactive (hypothyroid). They detect anti-thyroid antibodies as well. These things cannot be confirmed without blood tests. Other thyroid diseases, such as nodular disease and cancer cannot be identified alone by blood test but require physical exam, possibly ultrasound, and possibly biopsy. ...Read more

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If your thyroid tests come out normal except T4 was a tad high. Can you still have thyroid disease?

If your thyroid tests come out normal except T4 was a tad high. Can you still have thyroid disease?

Possible, not likely: Total T4 tests can be affected by many things that change binding protein levels. Free T4 is usually a better reflection of thyroid status than total t4, but may be inaccurate in certain individuals. Tsh level is typically the best indicator of whether the T4 level you have is right for you. But some TSH ranges may be too wide, and TSH tests can miss pituitary problems. See your doc for more info. ...Read more

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I had blood test 3 months ago in the hos. Everything was good now I feel like I hv thyroid disease can this happen within 3months? Thanks

I had blood test 3 months ago in the hos. Everything was good now I feel like I hv thyroid disease can this happen within 3months? Thanks

Yes, but: It can happen, but highly unlikely. Ask your doctor to repeat the thyroid tests to set your mind at ease, then look for other problems to explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do I have multiple symptoms of thyroid disease but all test were normal?

Treat Anyway?: If hypothyroid symptoms, treating as hypothyroid, and if hyperthyroid symptoms, treating as hyperthyroid, is what I would do. Not many would agree but that's what I would do. ...Read more

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What tests are required to get an accurate diagnosis of thyroid disease?

What tests are required to get an accurate diagnosis of thyroid disease?

Thyroid Disease: Depending on the type of thyroid disease, the first lab test may be a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) which can help diagnose both high and low thyroid function. Possible nodular thyroid disease may require an ultrasound. ...Read more

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If my TSH &T4 test is normal is that means that I don't have any thyroid disease? In other way TSH &T4 are sufficient to discover any thyroid disorder?

If my TSH &T4 test is normal is that means that I don't have any thyroid disease? In other way TSH &T4 are sufficient to discover any thyroid disorder?

No and No.: TSH = thyroid stimulating hormone from the pituitary is a "volume" signal to the thyroid gland, telling it how much thyroid hormone to make. It monitors your levels (T3 (liothyronine), T4). T4 is the thyroid hormone released by the thyroid gland, and converted to T3 (liothyronine) in the tissues to regulate metabolism. If TSH and T4 are normal, thyroid disease is RARE. Depending on symptoms, other blood tests needed. ...Read more

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Would any type of thyroid disease (hypothyroid/hyperthyroid/any other kind of thyroid disease) effect an HIV antibody test?

Would any type of thyroid disease (hypothyroid/hyperthyroid/any other kind of thyroid disease) effect an HIV antibody test?

No: The most common cause of a false negative HIV antibody test is testing during the "window period" between the time of viral transmission and acute HIV seroconversion. False positive tests are rare and usually result from labeling errors. I am unaware of any bearing that thyroid disease may have on the accuracy of HIV antibody assays. ...Read more

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Tsh 0.01, T3 (liothyronine) 4.3 T4 1.8? Do I have thyroid disease? Could the test be wrong? My tests are always normal for, My thyroid. ....know why?

Tsh 0.01, T3 (liothyronine) 4.3 T4 1.8? Do I have thyroid disease? Could the test be wrong? My tests are always normal for, My thyroid. ....know why?

Endocrinologist ASAP: According to endocrineweb. Com, your TSH is low 0.01 (0.5-6), T3 (liothyronine) is low 4.3 (80-180), and T4 is low 1.8 (4.6-12). These findings are consistent with an nonperforming thyroid due to factors outside the thyroid gland, perhaps originating in the pituitary gland. You need to urgently see an endocrinologist to make a diagnosis and start treatment. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How can I manage thyroid disease?

How can I manage thyroid disease?

Which Disorder?: For an underactive thyroid, levothyroxine pills are prescribed to take daily for thyroid hormone replacement. Overactive thyroid: graves disease - there are other treatments which include certain medications to block your thyroid from over working and medication to lower heart rate and blood pressure if necessary until thyroid under better control. Also, radioablation to rid overactive gland. ...Read more

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What causes you gain weight if you have thyroid disease?

Weight gain Thyroid: Hypothyroidism would cause a person to gain weight. This is because thyroid hormone is responsible for metabolism. Therefore, low thyroid will cause a low metabolism and hence weight gain. Hyperthyroidism increases metabolism which results in weight loss. ...Read more

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What systems does thyroid disease attack? How is this treated?

What systems does thyroid disease attack? How is this treated?

Thyroid: Can't answer that till I know if your thyroid level is high, low, or normal. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a teenager have thyroid disease?

Yes: Both hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid production) can occur in infants, children, adolescents and adults. ...Read more

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How dangerous is having a baby if I have thyroid disease?

Pregnant: Not "dangerous" at all as long as your levels are well controlled. In rare instances the antibodies causing your thyroid problem can cross the placenta and affect baby once born. See an endocrinologist for yourself and a pediatric endo for baby. ...Read more

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Can babies suffer if their mothers have thyroid disease?

Can babies suffer if their mothers have thyroid disease?

Yes: Both hypo and hyperthyroidism, if not controlled, can harm a fetus.
After delivery babies may have antibodies from mother that affect their thyroids. If you think you are pregnant have your doctor do blood tests now. After delivery all babies in the us are tested for thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Is it common to have dental issues if you have thyroid disease?

Is it common to have dental issues if you have thyroid disease?

Not really: The only link between the two could be in possible dietary changes that increase sugar intake while trying to boost your energy levels. Be certain to maintain good oral hygiene practices. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility that I'm infertile now because of thyroid disease?

Is there a possibility that I'm infertile now because of thyroid disease?

If not in control: As long as your thyroid function tests are normal on thyroid hormone replacement treatment, thyroid dysfunction is not likely to be the cause of fertility problems. ...Read more

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Could me having thyroid disease (hoshimotos) be why we are TTC with no luck?

Thyroiditis: May affect your ability to conceive, you need to consult an infertility specialist together with your endocrinologist, your partner need to be evaluated as well, goodluck ...Read more

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Why does thyroid disease cause fatigue?

Why does thyroid disease cause fatigue?

Fatigue: A severe overactive thyroid will likely interfere with sleep and result in fatigue. That needs fairly urgent attention.

An underactive thyroid may make you drowsy. That can be corrected by having your doctor check your thyroid levels and optimize your dose. ...Read more

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What doctor knows about thyroid disease?

Many: Primary care doctors can manage most cases of hypothyroidism. Endocrinologists deal with hypo/hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules and cancer. General, endocrine and ENT surgeons do thyroid biopsies and surgery. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid disease cause greasy hair?

No: Unless it's sweats, thyroid disease should not cause greasy hair. ...Read more

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