Screening for Hyperthyroidism
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
Measurement of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) —This is often done as part of a routine blood test. A low level of TSH suggests hyperthyroidism; conversely, a high level of TSH suggests hypothyroidism.
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists website. Available at: http://www.aace.com/ .
The American College of Physicians website. Available at: http://www.acponline.org/ .
Pearce EN. Diagnosis and management of thyrotoxicosis. Brit Med J. 2006;332:1369-1373.
Last reviewed November 2008 by ]]>David Juan, MD]]>
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