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Brief Overview

Thyroglobulin is a test done to measure the amount of protein present in the blood.

What is Thyroglobulin?

Thyroglobulin is a test performed after a surgery to check the presence of tumour or cancer left behind.

Thyroglobulin is made up of thyroid cancer cells. After a thyroid removal surgery, this test is performed to check the remnants of cancer or tumour cells. If the Thyroglobulin cells are present, it means that cancer cells are still there.

The test of Thyroglobulin is done in regular intervals too.

Why is Thyroglobulin suggested?

The test of Thyroglobulin is suggested to:

  • Monitor treatment of cancer.
  • Detect recurrence of cancer.
  • Find cause of hyperthyroidism.

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What are the parameters used in Thyroglobulin?

The average range of thyroglobulin in person without antibody is 3-40 ng/mL.

Preparation before performing Thyroglobulin

There are no specific steps to be followed before Thyroglobulin. However you must follow any instructions provided by the doctor.

Post Care after Thyroglobulin

After the blood has been drawn for thyroglobulin, you can follow these steps to reduce the pain:

  • Ice compressors.
  • Pain killers.

Sample types in Thyroglobulin

The test of Thyroglobulin requires blood samples.

Side effects/risks of Thyroglobulin

The only risks involved in the test of Thyroglobulin are related with the injections used to draw out blood. Some of them involve:

  • Pain or swell.
  • Fainting
  • Lightheadedness

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