THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE (TSH)
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE (TSH) LAB TEST?
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 Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test checks your body’s production of TSH and helps screen for thyroid disease, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
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.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY TSH LEVEL CHECKED?
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.
OTHER RELEVANT LAB TESTS:
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
TSH 0.5 ‐ 6.0 μ units/mL
High Levels Indicate:
Elevated levels of TSH can indicate hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone resistance or TSH dependent hyperthyroidism.
Low Levels Indicate:
Low levels of TSH can indicate hyperthyroidism or TSH deficiency.
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.