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Thyroid Function Tests-Which One?

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Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Worcester, Massachusetts

Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(5):607-608. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-84-5-607
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A multitude of thyroid function tests are now available to the clinician to aid in the diagnosis of thyroid disease. Unfortunately, the laboratory test that is requested may not be appropriate, and the test result may lead to the wrong diagnosis and treatment. Some of the problems are due to the vast number of available tests, the confusing terms used to describe the tests, and the failure of many physicians to understand exactly what is measured in the requested test. Recently, Britton and associates (1) suggested a strategy for thyroid function tests that results in more than 98% accuracy in


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