Test Background PTH rP is a fetal peptide closely related to PTH which maintains the fetus hypercalcaemic to the mother. It is occasionally produced by tumours and can be a cause of hypercalcaemia of malignancy.
Clinical Indications Unexplained hypercalcaemia, particularly in patients with known carcinomas.
Reference Range See report
Sample Required Special container required (see below)
Sample Container A special tube is required from the testing laboratory. Please contact Clinical Biochemistry on ext 30348 to arrange.
Sample Volume 1 mL
Turnaround Time Up to 6 weeks
Notes Not currently performed in house; this is a referred test. Patient must have had PTH measured before.