Normal range of calcitonin in children measured by a chemiluminescent two-site immunometric assay

Uberta Verga, Paola S. Morpurgo, Ivan Vaghi, Giorgio Radetti, Paolo Beck-Peccoz

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Abstract

Calcitonin (CT) assay is of considerable importance in the routine evaluation of thyroid nodules and for screening and follow-up of patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma and their relatives. Aim of this study was to assess the reference ranges for CT levels in healthy children and to evaluate possible differences in CT levels between sex and age. Serum CT levels were measured by a commercially available two-site chemiluminescence immunometric assay (sensitivity = 0.2 pg/ml). The ILMA recognizes the mature monomeric form of CT. We evaluated a cohort of 125 healthy children and compared these results with those from 98 healthy adult men and women. The ranges for human CT in children were

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-20
Number of pages4
JournalHormone Research
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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Keywords

  • C-cell hyperplasia
  • Calcitonin
  • Children
  • Immunometric assay
  • Medullary thyroid carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology

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