Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH), serum or plasma
Serum, Sodium/Lithium Heparin / K EDTA plasma
Human Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) or thyrotropin is a glycoprotein with a molecular weight of approximately 28,000 daltons, synthesized by the basophilic cells (thyrotropes) of the anterior pituitary. TSH stimulates the production and secretion of the metabolically active thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), by interacting with a specific receptor on the thyroid cell surface. T3 and T4 are responsible for regulating diverse biochemical processes throughout the body which are essential for normal development and metabolic and neural activity. Failure at any level of regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis will result in either underproduction (hypothyroidism) or overproduction (hyperthyroidism) of T4 and/or T3. Primary hyperthyroidism (e.g., Grave’s Disease, nodular goiter) is associated with high levels of thyroid hormones and depressed or undetectable levels of TSH.
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