Mr. Amol Pandit, business head CAI, Siemens Healthcare
With the advent of technology, diagnosis of hormonal diseases has become relatively easier in the last few years. However in the past, thyroid disorders have been confused with other related conditions, with lack of appropriate treatment leading to other disorders such as infertility or stroke. Recently the International Thyroid Awareness Week 2013 from May 25th-31st was celebrated to raise awareness and educate people about the critical role the thyroid gland plays in people's wellbeing.
In an email interaction with BioSpectrum, Amol Pandit, business head, Chemistry, Automation and Immunoassay at Siemens Diagnostics talks about Siemens' 3rd generation TSH assay designed to detect and diagnose thyroid dysfunction. Siemens has been a pioneer in introducing the ultra-sensitive 3rd Generation TSH assay, which is available in India since the inception of the diagnostics division of Siemens.
1) In your experience, how prevalent is hyperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism in the Indian population? What are the possible causes for the same?
According to the projection from various studies on thyroid disease, it has been estimated that about 42 million people in India suffer from thyroid diseases and about 100 million with sub-clinical (without any clinical symptoms) disease. There is no published data available specifically for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism in the Indian population.
Notable causes for the same are iodine deficiency and autoimmune disorders. Sometimes surgical removal of the thyroid gland causes hypothyroidism. People are also born without the thyroid gland (condition called Congenital Hypothyroidism).
2) Can you elaborate about the 3rd Generation TSH assay offered by Siemens? How different is it from other tests available in the market?