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Glucagon Blood Test

A Glucagon Blood Test is useful in measuring the amount of glucagon in the bloodstream.
Sample Report

Test Code: 519

Also Known As:

Methodology: Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Immunoassay (ELISA)

Preparation: Fasting for 10-12 hours required

Test Results: 7-13 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

The hormone glucagon is released by the pancreas when glucose levels in the bloodstream drop.  Glucagon will prompt the glycogen, which is stored in the liver, to break down into glucose.  This helps to control regular blood glucose levels. Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar could be a sign of irregular glucagon levels.  

This test may be ordered if you have the following symptoms:

  • mild diabetes
  • a skin rash called necrolytic migratory erythema
  • unexplained weight loss

In rare occasions, elevated glucagon levels may be a product of a pancreatic tumor called glucagonoma.

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