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HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE, serum (087-7522)
Test Mnemonic:


Specimen Requirements:
Test Included:

Human Growth Hormone


Routine venipuncture


7mL of blood in Red-topped tube or SST preferred. Plasma (heparin) is acceptable.

Minimum Volume:

3 mL of blood


Delivered to Sample Management within 2 hours of collection.  

Specimen Preparation:

Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Centrifuge to separate serum from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer serum from collection tube to labeled plastic transport tube.  


Room temperature for ≤ 8 hours, refrigerated for ≤ 48 hours or frozen at -20°C. (Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles). 

Causes for Rejection:

Incomplete and/or incorrect sample identification, improper storage/transport, and gross hemolysis or lipemia.

Reference Range:

By report (reports may vary based on instrumentation, patient age and sex)

Turnaround Time:

Monday – Friday: within 24 hours




Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm


Special Chemistry

CPT 4 Code:



The test can be order only once per admission for inpatients and once per month for outpatients. Additional requests must have the approval of the laboratory director.  Not available on week-ends

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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