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Insulin Like Growth Factor 1

(IGF-I)
You need to provide
Blood
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation required

Overview


What is IGF-I?

The Insulin like Growth Factor 1 or IGF 1 test is usually performed to diagnose a deficiency of Growth Hormone, and in some cases, to diagnose an excess. It is also used to assess the functioning of the pituitary gland, as well as to monitor the efficacy of recombinant growth hormone therapy.

Why is IGF-I done?

  1. To help diagnose growth hormone (GH) deficiency, when symptoms of growth deficiency and delayed development appear in children
  2. To help diagnose the conditions in children showing symptoms of gigantism and in adults showing symptoms of acromegaly
  3. To monitor treatment by growth hormone therapy
  4. To evaluate pituitary function
  5. When signs of reduced bone density and muscle strength appear in adults

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