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Your pituitary gland is a pea-sized gland at the base of your brain. The pituitary is the "master control gland" – it makes hormones that affect growth and the functions of other glands in the body. With pituitary disorders, you often have too much or too little of one of your hormones
This panel includes: ACTH, GH, TSH, LH, FSH, and Prolactin.
Preparation: Fasting for 12 hours required
ACTH test or Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Test helps assess the conditions linked to too much or too little Cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone that helps regulate: -Blood pressure,
-The body’s response to infections.
-The way the body breaks down sugar, fat and protein in your food.
Measuring ACTH and Cortisol levels helps differentiate certain disorders such as: Addison disease, Cushing’s Syndrome, Adrenal Carcinoma and others.
Growth Hormone Test measures the level of Growth Hormone (GH or HGH) in the blood.
Growth Hormone is produced by the Pituitary Gland and is important for normal bone density and muscle mass, it is also involved in protein synthesis and glucose metabolism. It can also affect heart and kidney function.
TSH Blood Test or Thyroid Function Blood Test measures the level of Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). The quantity of TSH has a direct impact on the levels of thyroid hormones causing either over-active thyroid or under-active thyroid regulating the thyroid gland is important because the thyroid produces several hormones which can stimulate or shut down certain processes in the body.
TSH Blood Test or Thyroid Function Blood Test helps detect hyperthyroidism whose symptoms may include: weight loss, rapid heart rate, nervousness, diarrhea, irregular menstrual periods and hypothyroidism whose symptoms are: weight gain, dry skin, constipation, tiredness, frequent menstrual periods.
The LH (Luteinizing Hormone) test measures the LH levels in the blood.
The LH Hormone influences the reproductive organs and is ordered to evaluate fertility.
In women LH plays an important role in ovarian maturation and Estradiol levels. LH is an indicator that ovulation has occurred, it is a fertility signal for anyone trying to get pregnant.
In men LH is involved in the elaboration of testosterone and is associated with men’s sexual drive.
FSH Test is used to measure the level of Follicle-Stimulating Hormones (FSH).
FSH is an important hormone in the process of reproduction by helping the body develop eggs in women and sperm in men.
FSH Test is important to assess fertility in women and to measure ovulation. Abnormal high or low levels of FSH may result in infertility in women. Low levels of FSH in men can affect sperm production.
Prolactin Test measures the amount of prolactin in the blood. Prolactin is a hormone whose primary role is to promote breast milk production (lactation). It is normally elevated in women during pregnancy and just after childbirth. It is normally low in men and non-pregnant women.
Get tested to help investigate unexplained flow of breast milk (galactorrhea), abnormal nipple discharge, absence of menstrual periods, and/or infertility in women; in men, to help diagnose the cause of decreased libido and/or erectile dysfunction; to detect and monitor a pituitary tumor that produces prolactin (prolactinoma)