Calcitonin

Material: Blood
Price of the study: PLN 38
Waiting time: result after 7 working days
Reservation: result after 7 working days

  • We perform the test without prior reservation only at selected intake points/hours - NOTE! Check the hours of the tests

Luxmed collection points

Preparation for the study

General

  • Do not eat meals, snacks, fruits, vegetables, breath freshening candies, chew gum, smoke cigarettes.
  • The test material is blood.
  • Only plain water or bitter (unsweetened) tea can be drunk before the test.
  • The patient must be fasting, at least 12 hours after eating the last meal, unless otherwise instructed by the doctor (e.g., performing the test after a meal)
  • Do not drink coffee, flavored water, cola light/ cola "zero" drinks, energy drinks, juices.

Detailed for infants

  • For children under 3 years of age, it is recommended to draw blood from half to one hour after feeding.

Detailed for children

  • For children under 3 years of age, it is recommended to draw blood from half to one hour after feeding.

Detailed for patients 60 years and older

  • About 30 minutes before the test, it is recommended to consume water or bitter (unsweetened) tea.

Important

Samples brought from outside are not accepted for testing.

Description

Calcitonin is a hormone produced by the peritubular C cells of the thyroid gland.
This hormone, along with parathormone and calcitriol, plays an important role in the regulation of calcium and phosphate metabolism. Calcitonin reduces calcium and phosphate concentrations in the blood affecting mainly bone metabolism .
Calcitonin is also produced in smaller amounts in C cells located outside the thyroid gland: in the parathyroid glands, thymus gland and in clusters along large vessels. Calcitonin is a thyroid hormone whose secretion is not regulated by the pituitary gland, as is the case with thyroxine and triiodothyronine. Calcitonin production is dependent on the concentration of calcium in the blood. A decrease in its concentration leads to an inhibition of calcitonin secretion.
Calcitonin determination is ordered primarily as an adjunctive test in the diagnosis of C-cell hyperplasia and medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), to assess the effectiveness of MCT treatment and to monitor for recurrence, or as a screening test in relatives of a patient with type 2 endocrine adenocarcinoma.
Increased calcitonin levels may also be associated with hyperparathyroidism, hypergastrinemia, renal dysfunction and chronic inflammatory disease.