Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
In primary hypothyroidism, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are elevated. In primary hyperthyroidism, TSH levels are low. The ability to quantitative circulating levels of TSH is important in evaluating thyroid function. It is especially useful in the differential diagnosis of primary (thyroid) from secondary (pituitary) and tertiary (hypothalamus) hypothyroidism. In primary hypothyroidism, TSH levels are significantly elevated, while in secondary and tertiary hypothyroidism, TSH levels are low or normal.
Elevated or low TSH in the context of normal free thyroxine is often referred to as subclinical hypo- or hyperthyroidism, respectively.
T3 (Triiodothyronine), Free
Normally triiodothyronine (T3) circulates tightly bound to thyroxine-binding globulin and albumin. Only 0.3% of the total T3 is unbound (free); the free fraction is the active form. In hyperthyroidism, both thyroxine (tetraiodothyronine; thyroxine: T4) and T3 levels (total and free) are usually elevated, but in a small subset of hyperthyroid patients (T3 toxicosis) only T3 is elevated.
T4 (Thyroxine), Free
Free thyroxine (fT4) comprises a small fraction of total thyroxine. The fT4 is avaialable to the tissues and is, therefore, the metabolically active fraction. Elevations in fT4 cause hyperthyroidism, while decrease causes hypothyroidism.
Thyroperoxidase (TPO) Antibodies
Disorders of the thyroid gland are frequently caused by autoimmune mechanisms with the production of autoantibodies. Anti-TPO antibodies activate compliment and are thought to be significantly involved in thyroid dysfunction and the pathogenesis of hypothyroidism.
In patients with sub-clinical hypothyroidism, the presence of TPO antibodies, predicts a higher risk of developing overt hypothyroidism, 4.3% per year versus 2.1% per year in antibody-negative individuals. Such patients may be at risk of developing other autoimmune diseases, such as adrenal insufficiency and type 1 diabetes.
Muscle weakness or joint pain
Hair and skin changes
Swollen neck from an enlarged thyroid
Bowel habit disturbances
Abnormal menstrual periods
Thyroid related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Heat or cold intolerance
Elevated blood sugar or cholesterol
Anxiety or nervousness
Rapid heart rate
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BHIQ’s goal is to offer discreet and accurate at-home testing that is convenient and affordable.
With the exception of our STD panels, the information provided in our tests are intended for information and education and not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
Although all our lab results are doctor ordered and reviewed, BHIQ does not replace the need for your primary care physician.