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Old 01-13-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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16 yr old lab results undetectable

My son just had labs drawn as we were in to the Dr to see if he had ADD. The Dr called me at home at 8 pm at night and said his labs came back Undetectable and he wants him in his office right away Monday morning to get a scan and maybe more labs. He did mention cancer. What exactallly does it mean to have Undetecable TSH levels??

 
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Re: 16 yr old lab results undetectable

Well, it has absolutely nothing to do with cancer. Sheesh... The stupid things these MDs communicate to us.

It's more likely your son is hyperthyroid. Graves' disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Its symptoms include some that would be quite like ADD.

The thyroid uptake scan is an outdated diagnostic test for Graves'. Make sure he has the latest, most definitive one - the TSI antibodies test. Any titer of TSI antibodies is abnormal, whether it's within normal lab range or not.

Consider that this doctor may not be the best to treat hyperT/Graves' disease, based on the "cancer" comment. Be very wary if this doctor or any other one wants to treat him with RAI ablation before trying anti-thyroid medication and a beta blocker med to lower excess hormone levels.

If the diagnosis turns out to be Graves', educate yourself fully before agreeing to any treatment other than anti-thyroid drugs. The book and author who wrote it, Graves' Disease: A Practical Guide, are excellent resources.
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