Endocrinology – List of Endocrine Tests

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by MemoryLane, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. MemoryLane

    MemoryLane Member

    For Adrenal Cortical Function:

    Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH), Plasma
    Aldosterone, Serum
    Aldosterone, 24-Hour Urine
    5α−Androstane-3α, 17β−Diol
    Glucuronide, Serum
    Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH) Profile
    Angiotensin-converting Enzyme (ACE)
    Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
    Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Sulfate
    17-Ketogenic Steroids, 24 -Hour Urine
    17-Ketosteroids, Total, 24 -Hour Urine
    Osmolality, Serum
    Osmolality, Urine
    Renin, Active
    Renin, Plasma
    Cortisol, Urinary Free by ICMA
    Cortisol, Urinary Free by HPLC

    For Adrenal Medullary Function:

    Catecholamines, Fractionated, Plasma
    Catecholamines, Fractionated, Urinary Free, Random Urine
    Chromogranin A
    Homovanillic Acid (HVA), Random Urine
    Metanephrines, Fractionated, Quantitative, 24-Hour Urine
    Vanillylmandelic Acid (VMA), Random Urine

    For Bone/Mineral Metabolism:

    Bone-Specific Alkaline Phosphatase
    Calcitonin (Thyrocalcitonin), Serum
    Calcium, Ionized, Serum
    Calcium, Serum
    Calcium, Urine
    Cyclic AMP, Urine
    Deoxypyridinoline (Dpd) Cross-links (Serial Monitor)
    Magnesium, Serum
    N-Telopeptide Cross-Links (NTx) (Serial Monitor)
    N-Telopeptide Cross-links (NTx), Serum
    Osteocalcin, Serum
    Parathyroid Hormone (PTH), Intact
    Parathyroid Hormone-related Peptide
    Phosphorus, Serum
    Phosphorus, Urine
    Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
    Vitamin D, 1,25 Dihydroxy

    For Carbohydrate Metabolism:

    Amylase, Serum
    C-Peptide, Serum
    C-Peptide, Urine
    Gastrin, Serum
    Glucagon, Plasma
    Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase (GAD) Autoantibody
    Glycohemoglobin (GHB), Total
    Hemoglobin (Hgb) A1c
    IA2 Autoantibodies
    Insulin Autoantibodies (IAA)
    Insulin, Free and Total, Serum
    Leptin, Serum
    Lipase, Serum
    Microalbumin/Creatinine Ratio, Random Urine
    Pancreatic Polypeptide
    Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP), Plasma

    For Gonadal Function:

    Alpha Subunit, Free
    Estradiol, Sensitive
    Estriol, Serum
    Estrogens, Total
    Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), Beta Subunit, Qualitative, Serum
    Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH), Serum
    Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Serum
    Sex Hormone-binding Globulin, Serum
    Testosterone, Total, Serum
    Testosterone, Free and Weakly Bound
    Testosterone, Free (Direct), Serum
    Testosterone, Free (by Ultrafiltration) With Total, Serum

    For Growth Hormone Function:

    Growth Hormone, Serum
    Insulin-like Growth Factor I (IGF-I)
    Insulin-like Growth Factor II (IGF-II)
    Insulin-like Growth Factor-binding Protein 1 (IGFBP-1)
    Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein 3 (IGFBP-3)

    For Thyroid Function:

    Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Antibodies
    Thyroid Antithyroglobulin Antibody
    Thyroglobulin, Quantitative
    Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH), High
    Sensitivity, Serum
    Thyroid-stimulating Immunoglobulin (TSI)
    Thyrotropin Receptor Antibody, Serum
    Thyroxine (T4)
    Thyroxine-binding Globulin (TBG), Serum
    Thyroxine (T4) Free, Direct, Serum
    Thyroxine (T4) Free by Equilibrium
    Dialysis, Serum
    Triiodothyronine (T3)
    Reverse T3
    T3 Uptake

    Other Endocrine Tests:

    B-Type Natriuretic Peptide
    Erythropoietin (EPO)
    5-Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid (HIAA), Quantitative, Urine 24-Hour
    Serotonin, Serum
    Serotonin, Platelet
    Serotonin, Whole Blood
  2. happygranny

    happygranny Member

    Hello Memory Lane,

    I also don't understand how to use this list of tests. Do you really expect a doctor to do all these tests? Or do you make suggestions knowing your own symptoms, as to what tests should be done?

    Is this a list only to be taken to an Endocrinologist, or are they tests I could ask my GP to do?

    If I am suspecting Adrenal Fatigue, as I am, which are the most improtant tests to ask for?


  3. Michelle Z.

    Michelle Z. New Member

    Thanks so much for all the information Lane, and good to hear from you.

    Most doctors (GPs) probably don't know all these tests. I see my endo again on June 4th and would also like to know if I should just hand over the list and say, I know I have a multi-nodular goiter what are we going to do about it and how about my adrenal adonoma??? She'd probably throw me out!lol

    Lane, what would you suggest???

    All the Best!

    Meesee / Michelle Z.
  4. monkeykat

    monkeykat Member

    My neurologist referred me to a endocrinologist who I will be seeing at the beginning of June. He found that I have low morning cortisol levels and wanted the endocrinologist to do further testing. I was also wondering about these lists of tests that you gave. What is important to ask or tell the endocrinologist? Did you have all of this testing done???
  5. busybee5790

    busybee5790 New Member

    I see my endo tomorrow. I have FM, IBS, hypothyroid, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance. I am sure some of the tests on this list have not been done. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this post.

    Tender hugs


    By the way I am a Texan myself. Transplanted to Colorado[This Message was Edited on 04/13/2004]
  6. MemoryLane

    MemoryLane Member

    Several people have asked what an Endocrinologist can do and what type of tests they order. The list of tests falls into the same areas of concerns we have had on this board. If you are not receiving satisfactory treatment, maybe you need to look into seeing an Endocrinologist. Any doctor can order these tests, it's knowing what to do with the results that makes the difference.

    The tests are broken into types of functions. As you can see there are many different types of tests within each group. I have provided this list as a tool for personal research and to gain knowledge concerning your health.

    Remember, you have to know what the doctor is doing, before you can know if he is doing it right. In other words, you will know if he is following a reasonable course of action to address your needs.

    I hope to add more detail to this list as time permits.

    Love & Care
  7. tammiie

    tammiie New Member

    my pcp was the one who in blood work he did for my quick weight gain found out i had low cortisol levels. he checked with and endocrinologist and had me do the 24 hour unrine catch(what a pain) and then they had me do a morning draw and then i had to also do where they drew blood and gave me a shot of cortisol and then checked theblood again. because the level went up with the shot they said i was fine. i never quite understood because isnt it logical to think that if u stimulate something it would bring the level up. what happens when the stimulation is gone? i also had my thyroid and pituitary checked and they were fine.
    i have had water retenion and weight gain and they cant explain it. the endo told me he thought maybe i had the water retention from my weight and i about fell over when i beleive he knew i had gained 11-13 pounds in two weeks so it wasnt like it was an old symptom. i lost some of it and then just recently gained 13pounds back in like three weeks. and i can tell i am retaining more water.
    hope the endo is more helpful than mine was.