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About Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test

₹300 ₹200

Know more about Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test

The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test helps to diagnose: if you are suffering from thyroid disorder and monitor ongoing treatment of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. The test is also done on infants to check if they are infected with TSH after birth.

Symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism are:

Loss of weight, anxiety, irregularity in sleeping habit, weakness, menstrual irregularity faced by women, and sensitivity to light.

Symptoms associated with hypothyroidism are:

Weight gain, intolerance to cold, puffy skin, hair loss, constipation, and dry skin.

The TSH test normally advised along with other tests such as free T3 and free T4. This test normally measures the total amount of TSH present in your blood.

A small organ is located behind the sinus cavities and below the brain, which is called anterior pituitary gland. It produces TSH which stimulates the thyroid gland to release triiodothyronine thyroxine hormones. 

The pituitary gland produces more TSH when there is a decrease in your level of thyroid hormones. The pituitary gland produces less TSH when there is an increase in your level of thyroid hormones. There are also very rare cases where dysfunction of the pituitary gland is found.

Test results with high TSH depict that:

You are suffering from hypothyroidism and

Your thyroid gland is underactive causing stimulation of TSH due to chronic thyroid dysfunction.

Test results with low TSH depict that:

You are suffering from hyperthyroidism and

Your thyroid gland is overactive that prevents the pituitary gland to produce sufficient amount of TSH.

Before going for the test avoid taking ceretain medications that can hamper or alter your test results. Medications to be avoided are: Supplements, Multivitamins and Biotin. Mention your doctor in advance of any ongoing medication if there is any.

As per your test result, the doctor will prescribe you medications to be taken regularly wthout nau fail.

Besides medications, you can also change your dietary habits as well.

Include more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.

Lessen your consumption of protein intake.

Test Method: A blood sample will be collected from a vein of your arm.

Test Result: The usual turn around time is 24 HRS.

When your doctor suspects you of suffering from high or level of TSH in your blood, you are advised to take this test.

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