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Blood Test Information

Calcitonin
(a.k.a CTO)
minimum sample volume required ~ 5ml

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Test Code: CTO

Tube type: SST

Special instructions
Fasting sample is preferred.
Get sample to the lab on ice, within 10 mins. Please note, patients are sometimes required to be monitored by other labs (Glasgow).

Reference Range
Male: <11.8
Female: <4.8

Sent away to Charing Cross Hospital, London
Contact Laboratory before requesting

Units
ng/L

Turnaround Time
28 days

Department: Biochemistry

Clinical Application
Calcitonin measurement is used in the diagnosis and monitoring of medullary carcinoma of the thyroid, which can be part of Multiple Endocrine Adenopathy II. Measurement of calcitonin after a pentagastrin stimulation test is used in screening patients with a family history of medullary carcinoma or who have other component disorders of the MEA type II complex. Please contact laboratory for further information.

 
 

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