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Old 01-25-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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Question Can someone explain Reverse T4?

I am going back to see my endocrinologist six weeks after total thyroidectomy and having my first bloodwork since then. Endo is testing me for TSH with reverse T4. Can someone please explain "reverse T4"? Thank you.
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Re: Can someone explain Reverse T4?

Welcome to the boards, although I'm sorry for the reason you're here.

Are you sure your endo is gonna run 'reverse T4'. I never heard of 'reverse T4' so maybe others can shed some light on that one. Your endo should at least be testing your FT4 (FT3 would be useful too).


 
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Welcome to the boards, although I'm sorry for the reason you're here.

Are you sure your endo is gonna run 'reverse T4'. I never heard of 'reverse T4' so maybe others can shed some light on that one. Your endo should at least be testing your FT4 (FT3 would be useful too).

Sorry,,I was working from memory. It is Reflex T4 which my question is about. I will do a new inquiry. Thank you for pointing this out....
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Re: Can someone explain Reverse T4?

"TSH with reflex to FT4" means that the lab will test only your TSH. If it comes back out of range, only then will the FT4 be measured. This is NOT the best way to monitor thyroid levels, especially for someone with Graves' disease.

 
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