What is the Thyroid-TSH test for?
The Thyroid -TSH Test verifies TSH levels in the blood (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), to highlight any change to normal thyroid function. Checking the level of the TSH value is a useful tool to check a potential hypothyroidism status.
What is the Thyroid Gland?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland, located in the front of the neck, which produces hormones that play a fundamental role in the development of different systems and in metabolism control. The role of the TSH is to stimulate the thyroid function: an increase of its concentration in blood could indicate a reduction in thyroid activity, which can lead to a possible condition of hypothyroidism. This term indicates a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough TSH hormone. There can be several causes of hypothyroidism including autoimmune disease, treatment for hyperthyroidism, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery and certain medications. Symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid are elevated cholesterol, weight gain, brittle hair, infertility, muscle fatigue, osteoporosis, lupus, dry skin, poor memory or concentration, depression, excessive cold perception, persistent constipation and, in women, irregularities in menstrual cycles.
Who should use the Thyroid-TSH Test?
The Thyroid-TSH Test is recommended for all those who suffer from the above symptoms. Thyroid disorders or diseases are one of the most widespread medical conditions in the world. Women, especially older than 60, are more likely to have hypothyroidism.
How does the Thyroid-TSH Test work?
Thyroid-TSH Test is an immunochromatographic assay which thanks to specific antibodies, detects the protein TSH in a blood sample, showing a lower or higher level than 5 μIU / mL, according to the international guideline. Checking the levels of hormone TSH in the blood is an excellent tool to verify the presence of a physiological thyroid alteration (change), chronic or temporary. Results are available in just 10 minutes.
|1) The sample is a blood drop taken with the sterile lancet contained in the box.|
|2) Obtain a big drop of blood by squeezing the finger and collect it with the plastic pipette.|
|3) Put the drop of blood on the indicated point on the device.|
|4) Add the diluent, wait for 10 minutes and read the result.|
When should I use the Thyroid-TSH test?
TSH screening should be performed in cases of the above-mentioned symptoms or with a family history of hypothyroidism. In particular, it is advisable to check the correct thyroid functioning during pregnancy, because its alteration could cause disorders in the correct development of the foetus.
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