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Optimal Utilization of Laboratory Testing

Thyroid Function Ordering Algorithm

Slide 13

November 2011

The thyroid function ordering algorithm starts with non-hospitalized patients without known or suspected pituitary disease and then the evaluation begins by ordering either the cascade approach, the thyroid function cascade, or each test individually beginning with the thyroid stimulating hormone–sensitive TSH. And you can see it according to the results whether you have hyperthyroid suspect, a borderline low TSH or a hypothyroid suspect. Between .3 and 5 that's indicating that no further testing is clinically indicated.

Thyroid Function Ordering Algorithm


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