Total T3 Level
Total T3 Level is also known as total T3; Triiodothyronine; Total Triiodothyronine
Why test for Total T3 Level at Symbion VIP Diagnostics, Ahmedabad ?
Total T3 level is frequently tested along with some other tests such as TSH; Free T4; Thyroid Panel; Thyroid Antibodies.
These tests are useful to help evaluate thyroid gland function; to diagnose thyroid disease, including hyperthyroidism, and determine the cause; to monitor effectiveness of treatment of a thyroid disorder.
Thyroid hormones regulate a number of developmental, metabolic, and neural activities throughout the body. The thyroid gland synthesizes 2 hormones. The 2 main hormones secreted by the thyroid gland are thyroxine, which contains 4 atoms of iodine (T4), and triiodothyronine (T3). T3 production in the thyroid gland constitutes approximately 20% of the total T3; the rest is generated by the conversion (deiodination) of T4 to T3 is also produced by conversion (deiodination) of T4 in peripheral tissues. Circulating levels of T4 are much greater than T3 levels, but T3 is biologically the most metabolically active hormone (3-4 times more potent than T4) although its effect is briefer due to its shorter half-life compared to T4.
Thyroid hormones circulate primarily bound to carrier proteins (eg, thyroid-binding globulin: TBG, prealbumin, and albumin); whereas only a small fraction circulates unbound (free). Only the free forms are metabolically active. While both T3 and T4 are bound to TBG, T3 is bound less firmly than T4. Total T3 consists of both the bound and unbound fractions.
In hyperthyroidism, both T4 and T3 levels are usually elevated, but in a small subset of hyperthyroid patients only T3 is elevated (T3 toxicosis).
In hypothyroidism T4 and T3 levels are decreased. T3 levels are frequently low in sick or hospitalized euthyroid patients.
The laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. For further information about these lab tests contact Symbion VIP Diagnostics pathology lab Ahmedabad at 09429410291