Glucagon

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Rationale
To evaluate the amount of circulating glucagon toward diagnosing diseases such as hypoglycemia, glucagon secreting tumor, pancreatic cancer, or inflammation.

Patient Preparation
There are no fluid, activity, or medication restrictions unless by medical direction. Instruct the patient to fast for at least 12 hr before specimen collection for baseline values. Patients with diabetes should have good glycemic management before testing.

Normal Findings
Method: Radioimmunoassay.

AgeConventional UnitsSI Units (Conventional Units × 1)
Cord blood0–215 pg/mL0–215 ng/L
Newborn0–1,750 pg/mL0–1,750 ng/L
Child0–148 pg/mL0–148 ng/L
Adult20–100 pg/mL20–100 ng/L

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions
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