Thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are produced, stored, and secreted by the thyroid gland. These hormones, particularly T3, play a major role in multiple biologic and metabolic processes. They act by binding to thyroid receptors that are distributed in almost every organ. Typically, this process regulates gene transcription and the subsequent production of various proteins that are involved in development, growth, and cellular metabolism.  Thyroid function tests (TFTs) are the most commonly used endocrine test.
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Dr Mae Sheikh-Ali would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Harshit Shah, Dr Melanie Thomas, Dr Anna Szafran-Swietlik, Dr Sandra Mesliniene, Dr Emad Naem, and Dr Abdul-Razzak Alamir, previous contributors to this monograph. HS, MT, AS-S, SM, EN, and A-RA declare that they have no competing interests.
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