What is Thyrogen used for? Thyrogen is used as an additional
diagnostic tool for detecting blood levels of thyroglobulin with or without radioiodine
imaging in the follow-up of patients with certain types of thyroid cancer.Testing
with Thyrogen may be used in the following situations:
- In patients with an undetectable thyroglobulin on thyroid hormone suppressive therapy,
to exclude the diagnosis of residual or recurrent thyroid cancer.
- In patients requiring blood thyroglobulin testing and radioiodine imaging who are
unwilling to undergo thyroid hormone withdrawal testing and whose doctor believes that
using a less sensitive test is appropriate.
- In patients who either do not have a sufficient thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
blood level in response to thyroid hormone withdrawal or in whom withdrawal is not
General Precautions with Thyrogen:
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
- Even when Thyrogen-stimulated thyroglobulin testing is done with radioiodine
imaging, there is a meaningful risk of missing the existence of thyroid cancer or of
underestimating the disease. Thyroid hormone withdrawal testing with radioiodine imaging
remains the standard diagnostic test to assess the presence, location and extent of
- Tell your doctor if you have been treated with bovine TSH in the past and if you
experienced an allergic reaction to bovine TSH.
- Thyrogen can cause a temporary but significant increase in the level of thyroid
hormone in your blood. Therefore, your doctor will monitor you more closely if you have a
history of heart problems and if you have thyroid tissue remaining in your body.
Tell your health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant, are already
pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
What are some possible side effects of Thyrogen? (This is NOT
a complete list of side effects reported with Thyrogen. Your health care provider can
discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
For more detailed information about Thyrogen, ask your health care provider.