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What is a thyroid stimulating hormone test?

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A thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test is done to find out if your thyroid gland is working the way it should by measuring how much of this hormone is in your blood. It can tell you if your thyroid gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). The test can also detect a thyroid disorder before you have any symptoms. If untreated, a thyroid disorder can cause health problems. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland in your brain. This gland tells your thyroid to make and release the thyroid hormones into your blood.

From: What Is a TSH Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid Function Tests."

Medscape: "Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone."

National Academy of Hypothyroidism: "How Accurate is TSH Testing?"

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 20, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid Function Tests."

Medscape: "Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone."

National Academy of Hypothyroidism: "How Accurate is TSH Testing?"

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 20, 2017

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