Item Value
Test name Calcitonin Stimulation Test
Available Stat? No
Turn around times Test set up Tuesday-Saturday. Turnaround time: 5-8 days
Performed by Quest performs calcitonin testing
Patient Preparation An 8 hour fast before specimen collection is preferred
Normal range Normal response:
Pentagastrin alone Male Female
1 or 2 min ≤ 106 pg/mL ≤ 29 pg/mL
at 5 min ≤ 106 pg/mL ≤ 23 pg/mL


Ca++ & Pentagastrin Male Female
at 1 min ≤ 324 pg/mL ≤ 41 pg/mL
at 2 min 10-491 pg/mL ≤ 70 pg/mL
at 5 min 8-343 pg/mL ≤ 39 pg/mL
at 10 min ≤ 112 pg/mL ≤ 23 pg/mL
Container type
Amount to Collect 2 mL blood per sample
Collection Instructions Pentagastrin stimulation: Collect specimens taken before and 1, 2 and 5 minutes after the administration iv over 5 seconds of 0.5 µg/kg.

Pentagastrin/Calcium Infusion: Give 2 mg/kg iv of elemental calcium (usually as the gluconate) at a constant rate over 1 min; followed immediately with iv pentagastrin as described above. Collect specimens at the same times.
Sample type Serum

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667