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Calcitonin CT

Calcitonin CT is produced by the C-cells of the thyroid and belongs as a test to the markers of thyroid neoplasia.

Cancer markers are produced by normal cells in the body at a level. When "new" cells appear, then their most intense metabolism produces these substances at increased levels. Young cells can be a result of:

  1. tissue regeneration after some destruction - inflammation
  2. development of new pathologically differentiated tissue or non-pathologically differentiated tissue

Thyroid neoplasms are relatively rare. Indications of thyroid cancer should not be ignored. The most important of them are:

  1. Thickening - swelling in the front of the neck
  2. Sore throat, difficulty on swallowing - breathing
  3. Change in voice
  4. Persistent cough that is not from a cold

It is recommended to use it in the control:

  1. of thyroid C-cell hyperplasia
  2. of medullary thyroid cancer (differential diagnosis, monitoring treatment assessment)

The index can also be used to monitor lung neoplasms

This test is not included in a check-up - screening

The indicative values for adults (18-65 years old) are: < 5.0 pg/mL

Elevated calcitonin values may be found in non-cancerous diseases

Simple blood collection happens at any time of the day (7.30-19.30)

  1. In case of a puncture, a period of one week should pass for the measurement
  2. No restrictions on food from the previous day
  3. No restrictions on possible medication intake
  4. The result is not affected by any existing transient illness - cold

The result is given on the next day after 6.00 pm. for blood draws until 11.00 am

The private cost of a single test for Calcitonin CT is 18 euros*.

The examination is prescribed at the EOPYY**, with the participation of the examinee as defined in the referral (15%, unless otherwise stated)

*A 25% discount applies when participating in Check Up

**In our center we have doctors with the right to prescribe EOPYY prescriptions

Information selected - indicative with sources: Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests - J.Wallach and

The choice and explanation of the use of the analysis is the exclusive responsibility of your doctor

Edited by : Ioannis Grattisia Head of Laboratory / MSc Clinical Biochemistry - Molecular Biology

April 2019

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