Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH is a hormone released from the pituitary glands. It regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland. A Thyroid stimulating hormone test is used to measure the level of this hormone in the blood.
Why get tested?
The test measures the amount of TSH in the body to –
• Check for symptoms of thyroid disease
• Track the improvement of an ongoing thyroid treatment
• Screen for thyroid symptoms during pregnancy
• Screen for thyroid related symptoms in infants
What it measures?
The test is used to measure the amount of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone in the blood and check if the thyroid gland is functioning properly. The test is a diagnostic measure for conditions like Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism.
• No preparation is required for the test, but the doctor may ask the patient to fast before the blood samples are collected.
• It is always advised for the patient to share his/ her medical history with the doctor.
• If a person is taking any herbal medicine for thyroid related disease, it should be communicated to the doctor.