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- T3, Total
This test may exhibit interference when sample is collected from a person who is consuming a supplement with a high dose of biotin (also termed as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R). It is recommended to ask all patients who may be indicated for this test about biotin supplementation. Patients should be cautioned to stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.
Expected Turnaround Time
Within 1 day
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
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0.3 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)
Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube
If a red-top tube is used, transfer separated serum to a plastic transport tube.
Causes for Rejection
Citrate plasma specimen; improper labeling
Thyroid function which is particularly useful in the diagnosis of T3 thyrotoxicosis, in which T3 is increased and T4 is within normal limits. T3 toxicosis is occasionally found in Graves' disease. It occurs with a single toxic nodule, multinodular thyrotoxicosis, and following treatment with T3 (Cytomel®).2 It is increased in and occasionally helpful for confirmation of diagnosis of conventional hyperthyroidism, in which commonly both T3 and T4 levels are increased. T3 is needed in patients with clinical evidence for hyperthyroidism, in whom the usual thyroid profile is normal or borderline.
Reported to be normal to slightly increased with familial dysalbuminemic hyperthyroxinemia.
Recommended for patients with supraventricular tachycardia, for patients with fatigue and weight loss not otherwise explained, or for those with proximal myopathy and in whom T4 levels are not elevated.3
T3 is decreased with nonthyroidal chronic diseases and influenced by the state of nutrition. It is not helpful for evaluation of hypothyroidism. It may be normal with thyrotoxicosis (thyroxine thyrotoxicosis).4
Variations in TBG and other binding proteins can affect T3. Such increases may be found with use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, and other binding protein abnormalities. Fasting causes T3 and TSH to decrease.5
Electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA)
0 to 3 d
4 to 30 d
31 d to 12 m
13 m to 5 y
6 to 10 y
Increased T3 often occurs in hyperthyroidism, but in approximately 5% of cases only T3 is elevated, “T3 toxicosis.” Do not confuse T3 with T3 uptake; these are two different tests. The latter is done very commonly as part of the usual thyroid profile. Less than 1% of T3 is unbound.
|Order Code||Order Code Name||Order Loinc||Result Code||Result Code Name||UofM||Result LOINC|
|002188||Triiodothyronine (T3)||3053-6||002188||Triiodothyronine (T3)||ng/dL||3053-6|