Prolactin

Supply #193262 Red/Gray SST 8.5mL

Test Code: 746

CPT Code(s): 84146

Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)

Clinical Significance: During pregnancy and postpartum lactation, serum prolactin can increase 10- to 20-fold. Exercise, stress, and sleep also cause transient increases in prolactin levels. Consistently elevated serum prolactin levels (>30 ng/mL), in the absence of pregnancy and postpartum lactation, are indicative of hyperprolactinemia. Hypersecretion of prolactin can be caused by pituitary adenomas, hypothalamic disease, breast or chest wall stimulation, renal failure or hypothyroidism. A number of drugs, including many antidepressants, are also common causes of abnormally elevated prolactin levels. Hyperprolactinemia often results in galactorrhea, amenorrhea, and infertility in females, and in impotence and hypogonadism in males. Renal failure, hypothyroidism, and prolactin-secreting pituitary adenomas are also common causes of abnormally elevated prolactin levels.

Alternative Name(s): Mammotropin; Chorionic Growth Hormon; Chorionic Growth Hormone, Pediatric; Lactogenic Hormone; Lactogenic Hormone, Pediatric; Mammotropin, Pediatric; PRL; PRL, Pediatric; Prolactin Evaluations; Prolactine w/ Tanner Stages

Collection Guide: 

Supply: 193262 Red/Gray SST 8.5mL

Preferred Specimen: Serum

Preferred Volume: 1mL

Transport Container: Serum Separator Tube (SST)

Transport Temperature: Room Temperature

Specimen Stability: Room Temperature: 5 days

Special Instructions: Overnight fasting is preferred.

Rejection Criteria: Contact DLO's Customer Service for specific criteria.

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