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Iodine is an essential element in the production of thyroid hormones. It enters the human body with food as well as drinking water. Almost four-fifth of Hungary’s territory contains less iodine than it needs, therefore the iodine content of drinking water and food is inadequate.

Excess iodine is excreted in the urine. Significant iodine deficiency can lead to goitre as well as hypothyroidism. The required daily iodine intake is 90-140 μg for children, 150 μg for adults, 170 μg for pregnant women and 200 μg for breastfeeding mothers.

Iodine deficiency during pregnancy leads to foetal malformations, and in severe cases, foetal death or miscarriage can occur.

If excessive iodine intake occurs, hyperthyroidism with toxic symptoms may occur.

What is the purpose of the test?

The test measures the iodine supply of the patient’s body.

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In which cases is it recommended to perform the test?

The test may be performed if thyroid disease is suspected.

What sample is needed for the test?

Iodine levels require a 24-hour collection of urine or a blood sample taken from a vein.

What can the result indicate?

Low levels of iodine in the body may indicate hypothyroidism.

In the case of iodine deficiency, the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough hormone. Sudden weight gain may occur, and mental and physical performance may decline.

What to do after the test?

In all cases, please consult the specialist who ordered the test with the result, as the results of further tests may be required for an accurate diagnosis.

Iodine - Medicover

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