Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) test

Lab Update: (Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) test Also known as: Somatomedin C

The insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) test is an indirect measure of the average amount of growth hormone (GH). Excess GH and IGF-1 can cause abnormal growth of the skeleton and other signs and symptoms characteristic of gigantism and acromegaly.

IGF-1 testing may be ordered, along with a GH suppression test, when a child has symptoms of gigantism, an adult shows signs of acromegaly, and/or when a doctor suspects that a patient has hyperpituitarism.

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1 Response to Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) test

  1. Dr Ajit K Pandey says:

    what happens when IGF 1 level is lower? Does IGF1 have a role,therapeutc,in the management of short stature in children?……AKPandey

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