Pentagastrin test

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Why do I need this test? Your doctor has recommended this test to help with the diagnosis / management of your condition. Please read the following information carefully. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. What is the purpose of the test? This test is used in the diagnosis and …

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Long term steroid hormone replacement therapy

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Hydrocortisone ‘sick day rules’: what are ‘sick day rules’? ‘Sick day rules’ give you advice about how to manage your usual tablet treatment if you are ill for another reason (for example, if you have ‘flu’). What is hydrocortisone?Hydrocortisone is similar to cortisol, one of the body’s natural steroid hormones (chemical messengers). Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands just …

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Growth hormone response to an oral glucose tolerance test

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Why do I need this text?Your doctor has recommended that you take this test to help with the diagnosis and the management of your condition. Please would you read this carefully and ask us about anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. What is the purpose of the test? This test is used to check …

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Graves disease

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What is the thyroid?The thyroid is a gland in the front of the neck which makes thyroid hormone. Hormones are chemical messengers produced by your glands and carried in the blood. Thyroid hormone controls the body’s metabolism (use of energy). What is Graves’ disease?Graves’ disease is an over activity of the thyroid gland, named after a Dr Graves. It is …

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GHRH-arginine test

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Why do I need this test? Your doctor has recommended that you take this test to help with the diagnosis and the management of your condition. Please would you read this carefully and ask us about anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. What is the purpose of the test?This test is used to assess …

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Dexamethasone CRH test

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Why do I need to take this test? Your doctor has recommended that you take this test to help with the diagnosis and the management of your condition. Please would you read this carefully and ask us about anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. What is the purpose of the test? This test will …

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Carbimazole propylthiouracil (PTU) warning

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To the patient: warning- please read this now.Carbimazole/PTU treatment and sore mouth/throat. You have been started on carbimazole treatment for an overactive thyroid. This is a very safe treatment that has been used for over 50 years. However, very rarely, a patient reacts to the drug with a sudden loss of white blood cells (‘neutrophils’) from the blood. This puts …

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