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Can Stress Affect TSH Results?

12/04/2006

Question:

I have a question about the stress and thyroid tests. Can severe stress affect the TSH tests results? If a person is under a lot of stress when he got tested for TSH, can it cause the TSH to be high? What are the things that affect the TSH test results?

Answer:

Mental stress really should not affect the TSH. If your TSH is mildly elevated that makes it very likely that you have a little bit of thyroid underactivity. Not everyone agrees that slight TSH abnormalities need to be treated, but all agree that they should be followed to see if they worsen.

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Response by:

Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University