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Test Catalog

Test ID: PLPMA    
Prolactin, Pituitary Macroadenoma, Serum

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

A pituitary adenoma should be identified by imaging studies prior to ordering this test.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Serum

Ordering Guidance

For initial patient assessment; order PRL / Prolactin, Serum as the screening test.

Necessary Information

Patient's age and sex are required.

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

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 2 mL

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send an Oncology Test Request (T729) with the specimen.

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

1.75 mL

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

Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia OK
Gross icterus OK

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 TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
SerumRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 90 days
 Ambient 24 hours