Parathyroid hormone related protein
Keywords: PTHrP, PTH-related protein
5 mL blood in each of two special heparin/Trasylol tubes.
Contact laboratory as the specimen must be processed immediately.
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< 5 pmol/L (method dependent).
To determine the cause of Hypercalcaemia when malignancy is suspected but cannot be detected by other means.
Can be used as a tumour marker in some malignancies to monitor progress.
An elevated level in a patient with Hypercalcaemia of unknown cause suggests malignancy, especially squamous carcinoma.
Rising levels indicate progression of the tumour.
Deftos L.J. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2002; 31(1): 141-158.