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Should i undergo thyroid tests before liver ultrasound and lipid profile tests?

hi. i have elevated sgpt and sgot levels. i went to the doctor a couple of days ago and rdered several tests to be done. about 12. i dont have health insurance and tests costs a lot. i think mine is a case of hypothyroidism as i have the classic signs. should i get these tests (TSH, T4 and T3)first and rule this out before i take the hepatitis screening tests, liver ultrasound and lipid profile? these are very expensive tests.

Wed, 10 Dec 2014
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Hi,
Welcome to HCM. I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.

If you have cost issues, you can do a TSH and T4 before doing other investigations. If there is hypothyroidism, your other blood tests like lipid profile and liver functions will be altered. So it is always better to confirm hypothyroidism if you have a suspicion of this.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help
With warm regards,
Dr Ajish TP (MD,DM)
Consultant Endocrinologist.
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