Also known as: Thyrotropin
Formal name: Thyroid-stimulating Hormone
Why should I do it?
To screen for and help diagnose thyroid disorders; to monitor treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
When should I do it?
For screening: There is no consensus within the medical community as to the age adult screening should begin or whether screening should be done; however, Newborn screening is widely recommended.
For monitoring treatment: as directed by your doctor Otherwise: when a person has symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism and/or an enlarged thyroid
What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm or from pricking the heel of an infant
Test Preparation Needed?
None needed; however, certain medications can interfere with the TSH test, so tell your doctor about any drugs that you are taking.