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Calcitonin

Laboratory:
Referred Test
Test Code:
CALTN
Specimen types:
Serum
Container types:
Plain Tube with gelPlain Tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
2-8 deg required if transport delayed > 30 mins
Sample haemolysis may make this test unreportable

Consult Chemical Pathologist prior to sending.

A stimulation test (calcium or pentagastrin) is required when used for diagnostic purposes. Calcitonin is extremely labile and must be kept cold and spun ASAP.

Minimum Adult Volume:
2 mL
Notes:

A marker of medullary carcinoma of the thyroid

A stimulation test (calcium or pentagastrin) is required when used for diagnostic purposes. Calcitonin is extremely labile and must be kept cold and spun ASAP.

Frequency:
Weekly
Result Turnaround Time:
7-10 days
Reference Interval:

Males <5.33 pmol/L,Females <3.36 pmol/L

Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

Transport on ice, delivered immediately to laboratory

spin, separate, and freeze immediately on reciept into laboratory.

External Laboratory:
Royal Melbourne Hospital
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