Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit is an easy way of checking the level of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is responsible for stimulating the thyroid glands to release thyroid hormones that promote normal metabolism, growth, and development.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit detects the amount of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit checks imbalances of the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit aids in determining the cause of thyroid-related health problems.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit is a convenient way of testing the amount of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) in your body. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) triggers the thyroid glands to secrete Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4), the two major thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism, promote normal growth and development, and aid in maintaining normal basal body temperature.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is secreted by the anterior pituitary gland, an endocrine gland that is stimulated by the hypothalamus. Once you have insufficient levels of thyroid hormones, your hypothalamus prompts your anterior pituitary gland to secrete Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) via the release of Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone (TRH). The same goes when you have excessive amounts of thyroid hormones circulating your body. The hypothalamus will not release Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone (TRH), hence no stimulation of the anterior pituitary gland to produce Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
The level of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is usually tested on those who have signs and symptoms of Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, and the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit is one way to determine whether your body is producing too much or too low amounts of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
Using the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit is just the start of your journey towards determining the real cause of your health concerns attributed to low or high levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) imbalances may be due to the following:
Presence of adenoma (tumor in the pituitary gland) that may result to excessive secretions of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and thyroid hormones
Hypopituitarism due to presence of tumor, infection, or inflammation , that leads to inadequate secretion of pituitary gland hormones, including the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), that also results to low levels of thyroid hormones
Hyperthyroidism or Graves Disease wherein excessive amounts of thyroid hormones in the body prevent the stimulation of the pituitary gland to secrete Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Hypothyroidism wherein insufficient amounts of thyroid hormones in the body prompt the pituitary gland to produce more Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) imbalances can be due to many factors, and one way to determine the cause of the problem is through the use of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit. Once you received the results, you can consult your physician for further diagnostic tests.
It is easy to use the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit. The instructions are clear and simple. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit is reliable but not as painful and cheaper as serum tests. You can even do the procedure on your own, right at the comforts of your home.
Guide to Blood Sample Collection:
The right time to collect your blood sample is within 30 minutes upon waking in the morning. Do not eat or drink anything, except water. Remember to gather the specimen on flat surfaces like tables.
When testing with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit, make sure to collect sample on the 19th, 20th or 21st day of your menstrual cycle. (Day1 starts at the first day of bleeding.) If you have irregular menstruation, collect sample when not bleeding and at least 5 days prior to expected menstruation. For women who do not have periods and for men, you can collect blood samples any day of the month.
**If you are taking/ using HORMONES, please take note of the following suggested time frame of collection. Failure to collect within this recommended periods may result in False High or Low results.
Pills, Gels, Creams, Sprays allow 12 to 24 hours from your last dose before collecting sample
Troches, Sublinguals (under the tongue) allow 36 hours from your last dose before collecting sample
Patches allow 24-48 hours from the patch application before collecting samples
Injections/ Pellets collect sample at midpoint between injections or pellet insertions
Additional instructions for Topical Hormones Users:
It is very important to avoid transferring the hormones to the face or neck because this may yield in false high results. Just remember to:
Avoid using uncovered hands, when applying topical hormones, for at least 48 hours before collection
Apply the topical cream/ gel to body parts that are covered by clothing
Avoid contact with objects that maybe contaminated with the hormones (such as faucet door knobs and counters)
Wash hands after applying the hormones. Use soap and water then pat dry.
When Testing with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit, the blood specimen requires that you fast so do not take any food or drinks (except water) 10 to 12 hours prior to collection in the morning.
Preparing to collect the sample:
Ready the contents of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit Before collection, it is important to print your name, date and time of collection where indicated.
Wash your hands and pat dry.
For Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit, follow these instructions when collecting:
Stick the filter card flat on a table surface (lower level than the waist) with the flap hanging down and away from the collection filter strip. See Picture A above. Remember that the back of the flap should not touch the blood filter collection strip.
Open the provided alcohol prep pad and sanitize the gauze and put it next to the affixed filter card.
If possible, use the non-dominant arms middle or ring finger as this is the best choice to draw blood.
Rub the finger with the alcohol prep pad and allow for 15-30 seconds of drying time.
Get the lancet, remove the cap and apply pressure on the small white section strongly against the side of the finger tip until the lancet ticks. (Tip: To promote blood flow before cutting the fingertip, swing your arms, place hand under lukewarm water and/ or rub hands together.)
Use the sterile gauze pad to wipe up the first drop of blood.
Put the cut finger above the blood spot card circles then gently milk the finger to extract blood. Do not squeeze the fingers. To allow for gravitational pull of the blood, collect samples by placing the hand lower than the waist.
As the droplet of blood forms and is ready to fall, let the droplet come into contact with the center of the circle. Keep on collecting until all the circles have been filled with blood sample. Please refer to Picture C for the correct sample and Picture D for unacceptable samples.
When youre done, blot with a clean gauze then put on a dressing.
Let the blood spot card dry for at least 30 minutes.
When the specimens are dried, close the flap and put inside the plastic box.
Sending and Getting the Results:
Remember that after collection, the dried blood spot sample should be kept at room temperature.
Complete all necessary information on the Test Requisition Form (included in the test kit).
Put the collected sample, test requisition and all important documents inside the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit box and close properly.
Put everything inside the UPS packaging; attach the prepaid label or postage. Please see the Instructions attached with the kit for information on where to send the blood spot sample along with the completed paperwork.
Results of the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Spot Test Kit usually takes 3 to 5 days, upon receipt by the lab, to complete. By the 5th to 7th business day, test results are sent back to the patient or providers, who ordered them. Results are also available online, through secured internet means.
IMPORTANT: Please take note that certain restrictions are imposed on New York and California residents regarding test kits. Before purchasing, please read the information carefully:
FOR RESIDENTS OF THE NEW YORK STATE:
The health laws implemented in the New York State forbids the testing of specimens collected in or sent from New York and also forbids communication of data from the lab to New York residents or health care providers. For that reason, it is not possible for NY residents to directly receive their results.
FOR RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA STATE:
According to the health laws of California, specimen mailed from their state, or collected, should come with a written request for the laboratory test from a physician or health care provider that is licensed in California.
This includes the following disciplines: M.D.; D.C.; LAc; R.D.; D.O.; N.P.; and Pharmacists (R.PH). As of September 2002 (Senate Bill 577), such lab tests may be ordered by complementary/alternative health care practitioners "not providing services that require medical training." California consumers not working with a licensed health care professional should contact a compounding pharmacist in their area.
Question and Answer:
Question 1: Can I also use this kit together with the test kits for Free Triiodothyronine (fT3) and Free Thyroxine (fT4)?
Answer: Yes. Just make sure that you follow all the instructions well for each test kit.
Question 2: What is blood spot testing?
Answer: Blood spot testing is a less painful way of obtaining blood samples. Here, blood is collected through finger pricks.
Question 3: Are blood spot test kits ideal for non-health professional consumers?
Answer: Yes. Blood spot test kits, like those from ZRT Laboratory, are simple and convenient to use. Everything you need to know about a certain blood spot test has comprehensive, but easy-to-understand procedures and instructions. All the materials you need are included in the test kit. Online customer support is also available to guide you and answer your queries regarding the test.
*Residents of CA, MD, NY States require the testing to be ordered by a licensed healthcare provider in your state. Please include a prescription for testing when sending in your sample.