GROWTH HORMONE TEST
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This test is for both
Male and Female
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Growth Hormone Test (GHT)
The growth hormone test measures the quantity of growth hormone in the blood.
The pituitary gland makes growth hormone, which makes a child to grow. The pituitary gland is situated at the base of the brain/skull.
How is this test carried out?
This test is carried out on a blood sample. A syringe with an exceptional needle is used to withdraw blood from a blood vessel in your arm. The healthcare practitioner will tie an elastic band around your arm to make the blood vessels swell with blood and makes it less difficult to withdraw blood. You may as well be requested to tighten your fist. Once the veins are really visible, the place is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and then the needle is inserted into the blood vessel to gather the sample. You will experience a tiny pinprick at some point of the procedure. Blood sample once gathered will then be sent to the laboratory.
Why the Test is Performed
This hormone can be checked if a person's growth pattern is peculiar or if any other condition is suspected.
Too much growth hormone (GH) can lead to abnormally increase growth patterns. In adults this is referred to as acromegaly. In children it is referred to as gigantism.
Too little growth hormone can lead to a gradual or flat rate of growth in children. In adults, it can in some cases lead to changes in energy, muscle mass, cholesterol levels, and bone strength.
The GH test might also be used to observe response to acromegaly treatment.
The normal range for GH level is generally:
For adult males -- 0.4 to 10 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), or 18 to 44 picomoles per liter (pmol/L)
For adult female -- 1 to 14 ng/mL, or 44 to 616 pmol/L
For children -- 10 to 50 ng/mL, or 440 to 2200 pmol/L
Growth Hormone (GH) is released in pulses. The size and length of the pulses varies with time of day, age, and gender. This is why random GH measurements are not often useful. A higher level may be normal if the blood was drawn at the point of a pulse. A lower lever may also be normal if the blood was drawn around the final stage of a pulse. GH is most beneficial when measured as part of a stimulation or suppression test.
What Abnormal Results Mean
A high level of GH might point out:
A lot of GH in adults, known as acromegaly. (A unique test is carried out to verify this diagnosis.)
Abnormal growth as a result of excess GH at some point in childhood, referred to as gigantism. (A unique test is carried out to verify this diagnosis.)
A low level of GH can point out:
Slow growth observed in infancy or childhood, brought about through low level of growth hormone (GH). (A unique test is performed to verify this diagnosis.)
Hypopituitarism (low function of the pituitary gland).
Is there any danger associated with this test?
There is generally no danger associated with the test. However, bearing in mind that this test has to do with a needle prick to withdraw the blood sample, in very uncommon cases, a patient may have bleeding, hematoma formation (blood series beneath the skin), bruising or infection at the place of needle prick.
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