The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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5 mL blood in lithium heparin or plain tube. The patient should be unstressed and fasting.
Dependent on age and assay method. Consult pathologist.
Pituitary and hypothalamic disorders causing growth abnormalities.
Growth hormone as an isolated test is of limited value as levels fluctuate considerably in normal individuals. Dynamic tests are required for proper diagnosis.
Consider IGF-1 to screen for acromegaly and gigantism.
See Growth hormone stimulation, Growth hormone suppression, and IGF-1.
Low levels which are not able to be stimulated to a level achieved by normal subjects occur in pituitary dwarfism in children.
High or normal levels which cannot be suppressed are found in gigantism and acromegaly.
IGF-1 is a better screening test for acromegaly and gigantism.
Simard MF. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2003; 14(1): 41-54.
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