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Prolactin

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: Prolactin is synthesised in the anterior pituitary and secreted in episodes. The target organ for prolactin is the mammary gland, promoting development and differentiation. Hyperprolactinaemia (in men and women) is a major cause of fertility disorders. Hyperprolactineamia can also be caused by some drugs.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
N/A
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Clear - Plain;
Analytes
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
No
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
4ml
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
N/A
Maximum add on time
5 days
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Female -109 - 557 mIU/L
Male - 73 - 407 mIU/L
UKAS number
8869
UKAS accredited test?
Yes
Comments
All prolactin levels >700mU/L will be tested for macroprolactin, unless clinical details indicated a known cause for elevation.

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Last updated: 03-05-2024