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Alpha Subunits

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: Alpha Subunits (ASU) may be used in the investigation of clinically non-functioning pituitary tumours, very rare thyrotropinmas & gonadotropinomas and some gastro-entero-pancreatic tumours. It can be useful in the investigation of anomalous thyroid function tests, after thyrotropinoma, thyroid hormone resistance and analytical interference have been ruled out. DISCUSSION WITH THE LABORATORY IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO REQUESTING.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Clear - Plain;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Please send clinical details including results of other pituitary hormone tests.
Maximum add on time
No add-ons.
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
See the report.
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 22-08-2023