Calcitonin (thyrocalcitonin)

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Calcitonin (thyrocalcitonin)

Indications for calcitonin test:

  1. Monitoring of medullary thyroid carcinoma
  2. Screening for high-risk groups and diagnosis of thyroid carcinoma

Calcitonin (thyrocalcitonin) — is a polypeptide with a molecular weight of 3500 Da, containing 32 amino acids. Produced by C-cells of the thyroid gland.

Norms of calcitonin in men — 2-48 ng/l, in women — 2-10 ng/L. Increased concentration of calcitonin detected when carcinoma of the thyroid gland, may also occur during pregnancy and benign lung diseases.