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What is the ideal TSH value for a new born child to have?

What is the ideal TSH value for a new born child to have?

Higher than adults.: Tsh concentrations in children are normally higher than in adults. The nacb (national academy of clinical biochemistry) set age-related reference limits at about 1.3 - 19 µiu/ml in normal-term infants at birth, 0.6–10 µiu/ml at 10 weeks old, 0.4–7.0 µiu/ml at 14 months and gradually dropping to adult levels, or 0.4–4.0 µiu/ml. So 1.3 - 19 µiu/ml is the range for newborns. ...Read more

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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Definition)

A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and tells the thyroid gland to make and release the hormones thyroxine ...Read more


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Why are elevated TSH levels dangerous?

Why are elevated TSH levels dangerous?

Hypothyroidism: Elevated TSH strongly suggests that hypothyroidism is present which, if untreated, can produce numerous problems such as fatigue, weight gain, constipation and impaired thinking. Rarely the cause could be a pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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My TSH level is 15.6 and two months ago it was normal. It takes months to normalize but why has it elevated so quickly and what should be done?

My TSH  level is 15.6 and two months ago it was normal.  It takes months to normalize but why has it elevated so quickly and what should be done?

You imply that you..: Are taking thyroxine therapy if so, quick rise may be that your 1. Taking it at same time as other meds 2. With food should be first thing in am 45 min before eating or other meds may have changed company making it use brand name synthroid took wrong dose. ...Read more

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What does a normal TSH level with an elevated T4 level mean?

What does a normal TSH level with an elevated T4 level mean?

Nothing: The TSH is more accurate. A free T4 is more accurate than a t4, which can be affected by many factors such as estrogen. Are you on any form of estrogen, bcp's etc? ...Read more

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Is the level of TSH of 4 is elevated ? With normal totalt3 .And T4 is it an indication of any type of hypothyroidism ?

Is the level of TSH of 4 is elevated ? With normal totalt3 .And T4 is it an indication of any type of hypothyroidism ?

Maybe: The TSH level of 4 may be borderline elevated depending on the lab performing the test. If thyroid levels are normal the TSH level may be a warning that the thyroid may be failing. Repeat levels over time are needed to answer the question. ...Read more

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What would cause my LH and FSH levels to be elevated. LH is 26.8 and FSH is 11.4. TSH, insulin and metabolic panel came back normal.

What would cause my LH and FSH levels to be elevated. LH is 26.8 and FSH is 11.4. TSH, insulin and metabolic panel came back normal.

May be normal : Hello Amanda . FSH and LH levels vary during the phases of men'straul cycle . These values are still within normal range expected during different phases of the cycle . For example normal LH values for your age are : 1-18 mIU/dL in the first half of cycle . 20-105 mIU/dL in the mid cycle and 0.4 -20 mIU/ml in the second half . ...Read more

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My Tsh level is 10 and I am a patient of elevated liver enzymes what should I do?

My Tsh level is 10 and I am a patient of elevated liver enzymes what should I do?

See doctor: You are deficient in thyroid hormones and need supplementation. Please see your doctor to start the treatment and address liver issues. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a patient has a goiter associated with high plasma levels of both trh and tsh. Heart rate is elevated?

What does it mean if a patient has a goiter associated with high plasma levels of both trh and tsh. Heart rate is elevated?

Hyperpituiturism ?: It looks like a pituitury pathology/tumor. Check brain MRI and see an endocrinologist . I need more information since you should have other symptoms such as symptoms of high growth hormone as well. ...Read more

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Been having elevated BP since total thyroidectomy 3 weeks ago. Tsh was 17 and on Synthroid (thyroxine) 125. Will BP fluctuate until hormone levels stable?

Been having elevated BP since total thyroidectomy 3 weeks ago. Tsh was 17 and on Synthroid (thyroxine) 125. Will BP fluctuate until hormone levels stable?

Blood pressure: Problems are not caused by an underactive thyroid. Have your doctor look for other causes and treatments. Once the thyroid level is stable, make sure your doctor knows to keep it at a level appropriate for someone with thyroid cancer, not the usual normal range. ...Read more

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My TSH levels are 4.57; Free T4 =1.2; T3 (liothyronine)=103. Are my Free T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels normal? If they are normal why is my TSH elevated?

My TSH levels are 4.57; Free T4 =1.2; T3 (liothyronine)=103. Are my Free T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels normal? If they are normal why is my TSH elevated?

Slightly low: I see that you are on thyroid hormone. The TSH will be the best indicator of whether you need more or less medication. The ideal TSH is around 1-2, so currently you could use a slightly higher dose. The "normal range" applies to a population of people. Your individual normal range is much more narrow. If your pituitary wants your free T4 to be 1.3 or 1.4, it will put out TSH to try to do so. ...Read more

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C.L.I.A method. T3-83ng/dl,T4-8.3ug/dl,TSH-8.07uIU/ml. T3&T4 are normal but TSH level elevated.is it thyroid? Shall i take medicine or natural diet?

C.L.I.A method. T3-83ng/dl,T4-8.3ug/dl,TSH-8.07uIU/ml. T3&T4 are normal but TSH level elevated.is it thyroid? Shall i take medicine or natural diet?

Elevated TSH: The elevated TSH suggests your thyroid is in the process of failing, probably from Hashimotos thyroiditis, which is autoimmune. If you feel well, you need not take anything now, but your thyroid will likely fail, and you will need to take levothyroxine. This could happen in 3 months or could take years. Many doctors would start meds now. Diet/herbs/iodine/vitamins will not help. ...Read more

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I started taking Synthroid (thyroxine) at 35 weeks pregnant because i developed slightly elevated TSH levels; when can I stop taking Synthroid (thyroxine) after giving birth?

I started taking Synthroid (thyroxine) at 35 weeks pregnant because i developed slightly elevated TSH levels; when can I stop taking Synthroid (thyroxine) after giving birth?

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR: If you do have true hypothyroidism you may need to be on it life long. Discuss it with your doctor and you may need follow up blood tests to determine if this is temporary of lifelong. ...Read more

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My PCP wants me to start taking Synthroid 25 mcg to treat a mildly elevated TSH with normal T4. I have No symptoms. I'm 5'9" 142 lbs, with normal cholesterol levels. I have occasional palpitations with normal EKG's. Since December 2014 until November 2015

My PCP wants me to start taking Synthroid 25 mcg to treat a mildly elevated TSH with normal T4. I have No symptoms. I'm 5'9" 142 lbs, with normal cholesterol levels. I have occasional palpitations with normal EKG's. Since December 2014 until November 2015

Subclinical thyroid: Sub-clinical hypothyroidism is a grey area..Some start low dose synthroid (thyroxine) . It may have beneficial effects on lipids and cardiac function. May consider repeating TSH in 6 weeks and if again low then starting, check thyroid antibodies. TSH may wax and wane between abn and normal over months . f/u w/doc http://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0215/p776.html ...Read more

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TSH level: 0, T3/T4 normal, cortisol thru the roof, lymphocytes elevated, BP: 160/100 and waking @ 3am. MD saying it's hypothyroid. I disagree. Help?

TSH level: 0, T3/T4 normal, cortisol thru the roof, lymphocytes elevated,  BP: 160/100 and waking @ 3am. MD saying it's hypothyroid. I disagree. Help?

Cushing syndrome: Cortisol thru the roof is Cushing syndrome until ruled out. Our job is to figure out why this is happening. Taking steroids can do this but shouldn't affect thyroid. I'd be more concerned about pituitary adenoma which can cause both Cushing AND central hypothyroidism (usually low TSH means hyperthyroidism) but in case of space occupying lesion in pituitary, it may put out ACTH in favor of TSH. ...Read more

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What medications affect TSH levels severely?

Various meds: Can do this. The most common are thyroid hormone (either T4 and/or t3), lithium, amiodarone, dopamine, levodopa, bromocriptine, glucocorticoids (>0.5 mg/day dexamethasone, 100 mg/day hydrocortisone), octreotide, amphetamines, Metoclopramide >1 mg/kg, iodinated contrast media. ...Read more

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Tsh level is 5.69 is that high?

A little: It depends on the lab but that is just a bit elevated. Generally a lab test called free T4 is done when this borderline. If the free t 4 is low that would confirm that you are hypothyroid. When the numbers are borderline often down the road they will become frankly abnormal. If there are symptoms such as fatigue and weight gain then i would be more inclined to treat sooner then later. ...Read more

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