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Am J Vet Res. 2003 Feb;64(2):149-52.

Use of recombinant human thyroid-stimulating hormone for thyrotropin-stimulation testing of euthyroid cats.

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  • 1Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate response of euthyroid cats to administration of recombinant human thyroid-stimulating hormone (rhTSH).

ANIMALS:

7 healthy cats.

PROCEDURE:

Each cat received each of 5 doses of rhTSH (0, 0.025, 0.050, 0.100, and 0.200 mg), IV, at 1-week intervals. Serum concentration of total thyroxine (TT4) and free thyroxine (fT4) was measured immediately before each injection (time 0) and 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours after administration of each dose.

RESULTS:

Overall TT4 response did not differ significantly among cats when administered doses were > or = 0.025 mg. Serum TT4 concentrations peaked 6 to 8 hours after administration for all doses > or = 0.025 mg. For all doses > or = 0.025 mg, mean +/- SEM TT4 concentration at 0, 6, and 8 hours was 33.9 +/- 1.7, 101.8 +/- 5.9, and 101.5 +/- 5.7 nmol/L, respectively. For all doses > or = 0.025 mg, mean fT4 concentration at 0, 6, and 8 hours was 38.7 +/- 2.9, 104.5 +/- 7.6, and 100.4 +/- 8.0 pmol/L, respectively. At 8 hours, the fT4 response to 0.025 and 0.050 mg was less than the response to 0.100 and 0.200 mg. Adverse reactions after rhTSH administration were not detected.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

The TSH stimulation test can be performed in cats by IV administration of 0.025 to 0.200 mg of rhTSH and measurement of serum TT4 concentrations at time of injection and 6 or 8 hours later. Clinical validation of the TSH stimulation test would facilitate development of additional tests of thyroid gland function, such as a TSH assay.

PMID:
12602582
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