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ID:91 Glucagon
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DescriptionGut hormone. May be requested as part of gut hormone profile (gastrin, glucagon, pancreatic polypeptide, somatostatin, VIP).
IndicationIn diabetic patients with characteristic skin rash (necrolytic migratory erythema). This rash is a sign of a glucagonoma. Other symptoms of glucagonoma: mild diabetes, weight loss and hypoaminoacidaemia. Can also be used to diagnose glucagon deficiency in hypoglycaemia patients.
Additional Info
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

InterpretationLevels usually > 200 pmol/L in glucagonoma. Increased in new borns.

Ref. Range (Male)
Ref. Range (Female)
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes <50
Unitspmol/L


IP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
IP Routine TATAt least 3 weeks
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TAT- Contact Laboratory
Turnround CommentSusan Willams / Paul Bech:p.bech@imperial.ac.uk
Originally edited by : JHB. Last edited on 22/11/2018 12:21:01. Published By SRG on 22/11/2017 12:21:01.