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Hormone levels

Hormone levelsDefinition:
Blood (or urine) tests to determine the levels of various hormones in the body, including the reproductive hormones, thyroid hormones, adrenal hormones, pituitary hormones, and many others.

The specific hormone(s) tested will depend on the suspected cause of the disorder or symptoms in question.

Hormone levels may include (but are not limited to):

  • 5-HIAA
  • 17-OH progesterone
  • 17-hydroxycorticosteroids
  • 17-ketosteroids
  • 24-hours urinary aldosterone excretion rate
  • 25-OH Vitamin D
  • ACTH
  • ACTH (cortrosyn) stimulation test
  • ACTH suppression test
  • ADH
  • aldosterone
  • calcitonin
  • catecholamines - blood
  • catecholamines - urine
  • cortisol level
  • cortisol, urine
  • DHEA-sulfate
  • FSH
  • growth hormone
  • HCG (qualitative - serum)
  • HCG (qualitative -urine)
  • HCG (quantitative)
  • insulin test
  • LH
  • LH response to GnRH
  • parathormone
  • renin
  • pregnanediol
  • progesterone - serum
  • prolactin
  • PTH-related peptide
  • RT3U
  • secretin stimulation test
  • serotonin
  • T3
  • T4
  • testosterone
  • TSH

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Review Date: 10/27/2005
Reviewed By: Frank A. Greco, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Biophysical Laboratory, The LaheyClinic, Burlington, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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