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somatomedin

somatomedin

somatomedin Sentence Examples

  • Abnormally low levels of somatomedin C will require further investigation, so doctors may perform the hGH stimulation test to diagnose hGH deficiency.

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  • Also called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), somatomedin C is considered a more accurate reflection of the blood concentration of hGH because such variables as time of day, activity levels, or diet do not influence test results.

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  • Somatomedin C is part of a group of peptides, called somatomedins, through which hGH exerts its effects.

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  • Nonpituitary causes of reduced somatomedin C include malnutrition, severe chronic illness, severe liver disease, hypothyroidism, and Laron's dwarfism.

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  • The somatomedin C test also requires a fasting blood sample.

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  • The somatomedin C test is usually ordered to help detect pituitary abnormalities, hGH deficiency, and acromegaly.

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  • Levels of somatomedin C do depend on hGH levels, however, and typically somatomedin C levels will be low when hGH levels are deficient.

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