Calcitonin

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Also known as: Human calcitonin; Thyrocalcitonin
Formal name: Calcitonin
Related tests: RET Oncogene; Calcium; TSH; FT3; FT4; Thyroglobulin; CEA

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose and monitor C-cell hyperplasia and medullary thyroid cancer (MTC); to screen those at risk for multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2)

When to Get Tested?

If your doctor suspects that you have MTC, if you are being treated for MTC, or if a family member has MTC or MEN 2

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

After an overnight fast, a blood sample is obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in the arm. The sample should be collected on ice and transferred to the laboratory for immediate centrifugation.

It is important that the person taking the sample follows the instructions of the local laboratory as different laboratories may require different specimen types. Please contact the local laboratory for details.