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Journal March 2012 (Vol 33, No 3)

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Testing the Endocrine System for Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders: It Is All About Signaling Hormones! by David Liss , BA, RVT, VTS (ECC)

1. Which of the following parameters is often used as a “screening” test for hyperthyroidism?
2. Which parameter(s) can help diagnose hypothyroidism?
3. Which test(s) is/are most often used to confirm a suspicious case of hypothyroidism that was not diagnosed based on a total T4 level­?
4. Which of the following describes the major diagnostic differentials for hypercalcemia?
5. In patients with idiopathic hypercalcemia, what is the PTH level?
6. Hypocalcemia and a low PTH level indicate
7. What is/are the major function(s) of calcitonin?
8. If a patient has hypercalcemia due to a cause unrelated to the parathyroid gland, the PTH level would be expected to be
9. How do antithyroid antibodies affect thyroid hormone tests?
10. What are the common clinical signs of hyperthyroidism?
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