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ID:48 Calcitonin
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DescriptionCalcitonin is produced by parafollicular C-cells of thyroid under calcium control. Calcitonin can also be secreted by small cell carcinoma of the lung, breast carcinoma, renal tubular carcinoma, and carcinoid tumours.
IndicationDiagnosis and management of medullary thyroid carcinoma and screening of family members (20% of cases are genetic). Screening for MEN II
Additional Info
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

InterpretationA single raised level is sufficient for diagnosis although some patients may require a provocative test. Serial monitoring is useful for assesing recurrence and prognosis.

Ref. Range (Male)<2
Ref. Range (Female)
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes
UnitsmlU/L


IP Acute TATRefer to Website
IP Routine TAT2 - 3 weeks
GP Acute TATRefer to Website
GP Routine TATRefer to Website
Turnround CommentKevin Green:kevin.green@sth.nhs.uk
Originally edited by : JHB. Last edited on 22/11/2018 09:02:41. Published By on 22/11/2017 09:02:41.