Thyroid function tests

Mortimer, Robin H. (2011) Thyroid function tests. Australian Prescriber, 34 1: 12-15.

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Author Mortimer, Robin H.
Title Thyroid function tests
Journal name Australian Prescriber   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-8008
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 12
End page 15
Total pages 4
Place of publication Deakin ACT, Australia
Publisher National Prescribing Service
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Thyroid disorders can be difficult to detect clinically, but thyroid function tests can assist in making a diagnosis. Measuring thyroid stimulating hormone is the first step. If it is abnormal, free thyroxine should be measured. A raised concentration of thyroid stimulating hormone with a low concentration of free thyroxine suggests hypothyroidism. A low concentration of thyroid stimulating hormone with a high concentration of free thyroxine suggests hyperthyroidism. Measuring thyroid autoantibodies may help establish the cause of the dysfunction. Different assays can give different results, and tests of thyroid function may be affected by drugs and intercurrent illness.
Keyword Thyroxine
Thyroid stimulating hormone
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Institutional Status UQ

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