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Thyroid Rescue 911

by Alisa Princy (2019-12-27)

Since the raised levels Thyroid Rescue 911 Review of TSH the blood is the most sensitive/ earliest index for the decreased function of the thyroid gland, this test, along with T4 must be carried out whenever there is the slightest suspicion regarding the underactivity of the thyroid gland. Does subclinical hypothyroidism require treatment? Difficulty does arise in such cases. However, it may be said that in the absence of significant, rather troublesome symptoms, the physician will have to make his own judgement for the initiation of therapy. If no therapy is considered necessary for the time being, the patient must be monitored at least 3-6 monthly, so that the disease does not progress unnoticed. Since the hormones of the thyroid gland, i.e. T 4 and T 3 are increased in the blood, a blood analysis of the patient for estimation of these hormones, will make clear the diagnosis. However, for a screening programme for detecting the occult/ hidden cases of hyperthyroidism, estimation of the serum free T4 ideal, since T4 is the major hormone of the thyroid. All thyroid function tests, like T4 and T3 must be interpreted with care. The levels of various thyroid function tests may be altereci in patients who are on drugs like salicylates, propranolol (one of the antihypertensive drugs), glucocorticoids. Other conditions in which thyroid function tests may be changed are in the case of patients who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Or, in whom contrast media have been used for imaging studies, or in the cases of severe/ recurrent vomiting during the period of pregnancy, although in such conditions, the effect is only transitory. Further, in cases which are acutely serious, as a result of some disease, or in the case of patients who are suffering from severe mental/psychiatric disorders, thyroid function tests have to be read with caution.