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Laboratory: Clinical Biochemistry
Test Name:
Test Code: INST
Clinical Information:
This procedure is used to assess anterior pituitary ACTH and growth hormone response to hypoglycemia.  It provides an assessment of pituitary function and reserve in patients with suspected hypothalamic and/or pituitary disease.  It is also informative in the investigation of patients with symptoms of adrenal insufficiency in the presence of hypothalamic or pituitary disease.
This procedure is performed in the Endocrinology & Metabolism Clinical Investigation Unit.
Collection Devices:
Specimen Required:

Serum: 1.0 mL
Pediatric Serum: 0.6 mL
Reference Values:
A descriptive report will be sent.
Endocrinology Consult Required
See Also:
More Information:
Follow lab instructions given on the Insulin Stimulation Requisition Form.  This test may be performed in combination with the TRH and GNRH stimulation tests (Triple Test). See  Triple Test - Male  or Triple Test - Female.