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ACTH: An abbreviation for the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone it is produced and secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. This test is to check the level of ACTH.

Biochemistry Profile: Biochemistry tests measure the chemical substances carried by the blood. They can indicate the level of functioning of the liver and kidneys and they also measure the levels of fats and sugar circulating the body.

Calcitonin: A naturally occurring hormone which helps regulate calcium levels in your body and is involved in the process of bone building. 

Calcium: Calcium is measured as levels may be increased or decreased in a variety of bone diseases and some glandular diseases. They are also useful when accessing liver function.

Chromogranin A: This is a protein that is produced by a neuroendocrine cell. It is used as a marker for diagnosis of a neuroendocrine tumour.

Cortisol: This is a steroid hormone produced by the body. Steroid hormones help control metabolism, immune functions and salt/water balance.

Fasting Gut Hormones: This blood test measures hormones which may be produced by some neuroendocrine tumours. Samples must be taken in specially prepared bottles and handled in a specific way so this test cannot be performed at your GP Surgery. For this blood test the patient needs to be nil by mouth for at least six hours. More info

General Blood Count: This test calculates the composition of your blood which is made up of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Abnormally high or low counts may indicate the presence of many forms of disease. Initially they provide an overview of a patient's general health status.

Oncology Markers: Measures the levels of a variety of markers such as Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA), CA19-9, Ca125, Alpha FCT protein and CAFP. These can offer an indication of the presence of a tumour.

Parathyroid Hormone (PTH): Parathyroidglands are small endocrine glands located in the neck. PTH levels react to changes in blood calcium levels, this test monitors the PTH levels and helps evaluate the parathyroid function.

Pituitary Hormone Screen: The Pituitary is a gland located at the base of the brain and regulates/controls other endocrine glands. Pituitary Hormones are released in pulses and levels can fluctuate throughout the day. By measuring this consultants can gain valuable information about the function of this gland and the other glands controlled by this hormone.

Plasma Metanephrines/Adrenaline: These hormones are created by the adrenal glands located at the top of the kidneys. This test measures the amount of the hormone in the blood.

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