Calcitonin

Overview

  • EPIC Code:
  • LAB519
  • Soft Test Code:
  • CALCT
  • Send Out Test Code:
  • 30742
Alternate Names
  • Thyrocalcitonin
Clinical Significance

Calcitonin concentration is increased in patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma. Calcitonin concentrations may be used to monitor disease.


Specimen Collection & Preparation

Patient Preparation

Overnight Fasting preferred


Specimen Requirements

1.0 mL Frozen Serum from a Red Top Tube in a Plastic Vial

Alternate Specimen

TransportAndStorage

1 month Frozen

Collection Instructions

Centrifuge and separate specimen immediately
Freeze immediately

Clinical Interpretation

Reference Range:

Please refer to interpretive results 


Test Comments:

Limitations: Basal concentrations of >100 pg/mL have been found to have 100% positive predictive value for medullary thyroid cancer.  Lower concentrations may be observed in some patients with clinically apparent medullary thyroid cancer.


Methodology:
  • Immunoassay (IA)

Clinical Significance

Calcitonin concentration is increased in patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma. Calcitonin concentrations may be used to monitor disease.


Production Schedule

Sites Performed
  • Quest - Chantilly
Days Performed
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Departments
  • Sendouts - Clinical
Turn Around Time

1 to 2 days


Coding & Compliance

CDM

01425709


CPT Coding

82308