Calcitonin [30742]

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Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
1 mL frozen serum

Patient Preparation
Overnight fasting is preferred

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Spin to separate serum and transfer to plastic screw-cap vial. Freeze immediately and submit to laboratory frozen.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: Unacceptable
Frozen: 28 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Gross hemolysis

Immunoassay (IA)

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat; Report available: 1 day

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.

Reference Range
See Laboratory Report

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

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

Last Updated: November 15, 2023

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