WHY DO I NEED A THYROID LAB TESTING PANEL?
Are you always tired? Does your weight fluctuate?
It may be the result of a dysfunctional thyroid. If there is a thyroid level imbalance in your body, you may be more susceptible to everything from osteoporosis and heart disease to infertility and fatigue.
Thyroid disorders are more common in women and they often occur after pregnancy and with older age. Find out now if you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN A THYROID PANEL?
The Thyroid Panel includes the following tests:
1. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
2. T4 Total
3. T3 Uptake
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A THYROID PANEL?
*Price may vary by location – contact your local ANY LAB TEST NOW
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected.
The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating how your body uses energy. The thyroid also produces hormones critical to proper cell and system functioning.
The Thyroid Panel screens for thyroid disease, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism by examining your body’s production of the thyroid hormones TSH, T3 and T4.
There are two types of thyroid disorders including:
• Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) – symptoms may include fatigue, weight gain, a short attention span, and numbness or cold intolerance.
• Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) – symptoms may include weight loss, persistent vomiting, increased blood pressure, hair loss or a persistently fast heart rate.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
|TSH||0.5 ‐ 6.0 µ units/mL|
|T4 Total||5 to 13.5 µg/dL|
|T3 Uptake||24 ‐ 37%|
High Results Indicate:
TSH: Elevated levels can indicate hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone resistance or TSH dependent hyperthyroidism.
T4 TOTAL: Elevated levels can indicate that the thyroid is producing too much thyroxine or overdosing of thyroid hormone replacement medication.
T3 UPTAKE: Elevated levels can indicate kidney failure, hyperthyroidism or protein malnutrition.
Low Results Indicate:
TSH: Low levels can indicate hyperthyroidism or TSH deficiency.
T4 TOTAL: Low levels can indicate that the thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone, hypothyroidism or under dosing of thyroid hormone replacement medication.
T3 UPTAKE: Low levels can indicate acute hepatitis, hypothyroidism or that you are taking estrogen.
IF MY TEST RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT-OF-RANGE, WHAT TYPE OF DOCTOR SHOULD I SEE?
You should see your primary care physician. If needed, you may be referred to an endocrinologist.