How To Read Neonatal TSH Test Results In Newborns?
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TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland, which mainly functions to regulate the production and metabolism of the thyroxine hormone from the thyroid gland. Thyroxine hormone itself has an important role in regulating the body's metabolism.
Normal TSH levels in the blood can vary with age. For babies who are only 2 weeks old, the normal TSH level is between 1.7 and 9.1 mU / L. This means that if your baby's TSH level is less than 1.7 mU / L, the TSH level is relatively low. Low TSH levels most often indicate that the body produces too much the hormone thyroxine (hyperthyroidism), thereby suppressing TSH production in the pituitary gland through negative feedback mechanisms. This condition can occur due to various factors, for example due to Grave's disease (autoimmune disorders), thyroiditis, nodules or thyroid cancer, excessive iodine levels in the body, side effects of thyroid medication, or also due to excessive consumption of supplements containing thyroid hormones.
Consult your baby's examination results directly to the doctor or pediatrician who treats him. Because, TSH examination alone usually does not stand alone. This examination should also be accompanied by a variety of other examinations, including to monitor levels of the hormone thyroxine, anti-TPO antibodies, and so on. The treatment that will be given later will certainly adjust the doctor with the underlying disease.
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