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The thyroid gland is one of the most important organs of the human endocrine system. Under the influence of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) the gland produces thyroid hormones:
T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine).
Thyroid hormones have a significant impact on the human body. Namely: on basic metabolism, oxygen consumption, energy balance, heat generation.
When assessing the functional state of the thyroid gland, when we suspect damage to the thyroid gland. It is important to know that functional disorders or diseases of the thyroid gland in the initial stage are not always clinically apparent. Therefore, periodic screening of the thyroid gland is recommended for timely diagnostics.
The study is recommended in patients with symptoms of increased or decreased thyroid function. The test is also prescribed in people with enlarged glands (called "goiters") or "nodules".
Increased function of the thyroid gland can be manifested by the following symptoms:
Or vice versa, when the function decreases, it is observed:
If the test reveals abnormalities, it may be necessary to use additional, other diagnostic methods. For this, you must consult a doctor-specialist, who, taking into account the symptoms, will correctly select the appropriate tests to make an accurate diagnostics.
Full functional state of the thyroid gland To study, it is recommended to test the following combination of hormones: FT3, FT4 and TSH or Thyroid (Thyroid) Hormone Profile II - Extended Thyroid Screening:
The test takes place Fasting In the morning (until about 10 o'clock). Drinking coffee and smoking before testing will seriously affect the results. It is allowed to drink 250 ml of water before testing.
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