Reverse T3 Patients who are found to have abnormal thyroid function tests—usually a low or normal TSH, low triiodothyronine (T3) and possibly a low thyroxine (T4). Determines whether a critically ill person truly is hypothyroid or a non-thyroidal illness syndrome, an rT3 is drawn.
In Non-thyroidal illness, also known as euthyroid-sick syndrome, refers to the reduced level of thyroid function blood tests found in the setting of severe illness in a person without preexisting thyroid dysfunction.
After recovery from the severe illness, the thyroid function test results should normalize.
In non-thyroidal illness syndrome, the rT3 is usually elevated, due to the body's suppression of certain enzyme activity.
In central hypothyroidism, the rT3 is low.With that, an elevated rT3 level in the setting of severe illness helps doctors exclude a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
Fasting is required prior to taking this test. An ideal time to take this test is in the morning.
Results are typically ready in 7-10 business days or less.
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Step 1: Order the lab test.
Step 2: Download and print the lab slip from your login page.
Step 3: Locate your nearest Quest Diagnostics Laboratory from the 'lab locator' tab on your login page.
Step 4: Visit the laboratory with your slip to have your blood drawn.
Step 5: Results take 7-10 business days. An email will be sent requesting you to login to your page to access them.
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