Triiodothyronine, Total, serum and plasma
Serum, Sodium/Lithium Heparin / Potassium EDTA
3,5,3’ Triiodothyronine (T3) is a thyroid hormone with a molecular weight of 651 daltons and a half-life in serum of 1.5 days. T3 circulates in the blood as an equilibrium mixture of free and protein bound hormone. T3 is bound to thyroxine binding globulin (TBG), prealbumin, and albumin It has become apparent in recent years that T3 plays an important role in the maintenance of the euthyroid state. Serum T3 measurements can be a valuable component of a thyroid screening panel in diagnosing certain disorders of thyroid function as well as conditions caused by iodine deficiency. Clinically, measurements of serum T3 concentration are especially valuable in diagnosing hyperthyroidism and in following the course of therapy for this disorder.
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