Test Catalog

Test Id : FGHTL

Ghrelin Total, Plasma

Method Name
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NY State Available
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Reporting Name
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Ghrelin Total, Plasma

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Ghrelin Total

Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing

GI Plasma

Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient preparation: Patient should be fasting 10 - 12 hours prior to collection. Patient should not be on any medications or supplements that may influence: Cholecystokinin (CCK), Glucose, Growth Hormone, Insulin and/or Somatostatin levels, if possible for at least 48 hours prior to specimen collection


Specimen Type: GI Plasma

Container/Tube: Special tube containing G.I. Preservative (MCL supply number T125).

Specimen Volume: 10mL

Collection Instructions: Draw 10 mL of blood in special tube containing G.I. Preservative (MCL supply number T125). Specimen should be separated in refrigerated centrifuge as soon as possible and send 3 - 5 mL plasma frozen. Ship frozen.

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

1 mL

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis NA
Lipemia NA
Icterus NA
Other NA

Specimen Stability Information
Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
GI Plasma Frozen (preferred) 180 days
Refrigerated 24 hours

Clinical Information
Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Ghrelin is a novel 28 amino acid peptide derived by post-translational processes from a preproghrelin consisting of 117 residues, secreted by the stomach with specific receptors in the brain involved in appetite regulation. It conveys information to the brain thereby increasing appetite, food intake and body weight and influences the release of growth hormone. Ghrelin is a growth hormone-releasing peptide which acts as an endogenous ligand of the growth hormone secretagogue receptors (GHS-Rs). Ghrelin levels are inversely correlated with body weight and are higher during weight loss.

Reference Values
Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

GHRELIN (Total):                    pg/mL                  


Adult Reference Range(s)


Normal weight/control subjects: 520 - 700 pg/mL


Obese subjects prior to diet: 340 - 450 pg/mL


8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Up to 420 pg/mL

6:00pm:                   Up to 480 pg/mL


Obese subjects post induced weight loss: 450 - 600 pg/mL


8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Up to 575 pg/mL

6:00 pm:                  Up to 600 pg/mL


Obese subjects post gastric-bypass surgery: Up to 120 pg/mL


PDF Report
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Day(s) Performed
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Varied; Monday through Friday

Report Available
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7 to 12 days

Performing Laboratory Location
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Inter Science Institute

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Test Classification
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This test was performed using a kit that has not been cleared or approved by the FDA and is designated as research use only. The analytic performance characteristics of this test have been determined by Inter Science Institute. This test is not intended for diagnosis or patient management decisions without confirmation by other medically established means.

CPT Code Information
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CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.


LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
FGHTL Ghrelin Total, Plasma 76474-6
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
Z4193 Ghrelin Total, Plasma 76474-6

Test Setup Resources

Setup Files
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Excel | Pdf

Sample Reports
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Normal Reports | Abnormal Reports

SI Sample Reports
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SI Normal Reports | SI Abnormal Reports