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Monday - Friday
Analytic Time

5 - 9 days

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Direct Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)

Test Usage

Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone is a 44 amino acid peptide produced primarily by the hypothalamus. It is a neurohumoral control for adenohypophyseal secretion of Growth Hormone. Other hypothalamic hormones have a stimulatory effect on pituitary hormones, but Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone has no known effect on other pituitary hormones. Somatostatin is the inhibitory counterpart of Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone. Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone has structural similarities with the Secretin-Glucagon family of gastrointestinal hormones. Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone has been isolated from pancreatic Islet Cells and various cancer tumor cells.

Reference Range

Levels of IR-GH-RH
Baseline range: 5-18 pg/mL
Levels in GH-RH Dysfunction:
Patients with acromegaly: up to 200 pg/mL
Patients with small cell lung carcinoma: up to 50 pg/mL
GH-RH secreting tumors: 200-10,000 pg/mL

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect specimen in a red top or SST tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum into a plastic vial and freeze.

Yellow Top Tube
Normal Volume
3 mL serum
Minimum Volume
1 mL serum

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Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.