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Prolactin (1) Test

Prolactin (1) Test

also known as: Prolactin Test , S Prolactin Test , PRL , Prolactin

Prolactin (PRL), also known as luteotropic hormone or luteotropin, is a protein that is best known for its role in enabling mammals, usually females, to produce milk. It is influential in over 300 separate processes in various vertebrates, including humans. Prolactin is secreted from the pituitary gland in response to eating, mating, estrogen treatment, ovulation and nursing. Prolactin is secreted in pulses in between these events. Prolactin plays an essential role in metabolism, regulation of the immune system and pancreatic development.

No special preparation is needed for Milk allergy. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Milk allergy. It’s a simple blood test so, it’s better not to eat past hour to get best results. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

For women: unexplained headaches visual impairment galactorrhea, or lactation outside of childbirth or nursing pain or discomfort during sex abnormal growth of body and facial hair abnormal acne In addition, the prolactin test may be needed if you’re having fertility problems or irregular periods. The test can also rule out other pituitary gland or hypothalamus problems.

FOR MEN: unexplained headaches visual impairment reduced sex drive or fertility problems erectile dysfunction abnormal lack of body and facial hair investigate testicular dysfunction or erectile dysfunction rule out problems with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus

Process of obtaining blood sample in adults: A band is wrapped around the arm, 3-4 inches above the collection site (superficial vein that lies within the elbow pit) The needle cap is removed and is held in line with the vein, pulling the skin tight The required amount of blood sample is collected by pulling the plunger of the syringe out slowly

The wrap band is removed, gauze is placed on the collection site, and the needle is removed The blood is immediately transferred into the blood container, which has the appropriate preservative/clot activator/anti-coagulant The syringe and the needle are disposed into the appropriate “sharp container” for safe and hygienic disposal

The release of prolactin is promoted physiologically by suckling and stress. In addition, elevated serum prolactin concentrations are caused by a number of pharmaceuticals (eg, dibenzodiazepines, phenothiazine), TRH, and estrogen.The release of prolactin is inhibited by dopamine, L-dopa, and ergotamine derivatives.
Specimen
Serum
Volume
0.8ml
Container
Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube
Type Gender Age-Group Value
Prolactin 1
UNISEX
All age groups
3-15 ng/ml(Male);4-23 ng/ml (Non Pregnant) and 34 to 386 ng/ml (Pregnant Female)
Average price range of the test is between Rs.300 to Rs.800 depending on the factors of city, quality and availablity.
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