A short description of the method used to perform the test
Direct Radioimmunoassay (RIA)
NY State Available
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Describes the specimen type validated for testing
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Patient preparation: Patient should be fasting 10-12 hours prior to collection. Patient should not be on any antacid medication or medications that affect gastroentero-intestinal function, if possible, for at least 48 hours prior to collection.
Specimen Type: Plasma
Container/Tube: Z tube
Specimen Volume: 3 mL
Collection Instructions: Draw 10 mL of blood in special Z-tube (MCL T701). Separate plasma form cells immediately after draw and send 3 mL of plasma frozen in plastic vial.
Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory
Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected
| Hemolysis || Mild reject; Gross reject |
| Lipemia || Mild reject; Gross reject |
| Icterus || NA |
| Other || Specimens other than collected in Z tube (MCL T701). |
Specimen Stability Information
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Neurotensin is a 13 amino acid peptide produced primarily by endocrine cells of the ileal mucosa. Physiological actions of Neurotensin include hypertension, vasodilation, hyperglycemia, and inhibition of gastric motility. Its C-terminus is similar to Angiotensin I. It is a potent analgesic affecting hypothermia, muscle relaxation, and decreased motor activity. Pancreatic Polypeptide secretion is strongly stimulated by Neurotensin. Neurotensin appears to cause the release of Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone and Corticotropin Releasing Hormone effecting the release of Luteinizing Hormone, Follicle Stimulating Hormone, and ACTH but not Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or Growth Hormone. Neurotensin also stimulates pancreatic bicarbonate and intestinal secretion. Neurotensin levels are stimulated by food and Bombesin. Elevated levels have been found in pancreatic endocrine tumors, Oat Cell, Squamous, and Adeno Carcinomas.
Elevated levels have been found to cause watery diarrhea.
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Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances
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This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Inter Science Institute. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary.
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Order LOINC Value
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Result LOINC Value
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