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Overview Brief

IGF Binding Protein-3 test is done to diagnose growth hormone deficiency in children.

What is IGF Binding Protein-3?

IGF Binding Protein-3 test is a lab test which is done to diagnose growth hormone deficiency or in rare cases growth hormone excess. This condition can affect children in puberty. The levels of IGF binding protein 3 are highest during childhood. They decrease as children grow. [2]

Why is IGF Binding Protein-3 suggested?

The IGF Binding Protein-3 test is suggested under the following circumstances:-

  • When a child has signs and symptoms of slow growth.
  • The child has delayed development.
  • In adults, it is done when there is decreased bone density, reduced muscle strength, and increased lipids.
  • When a child or adult has signs and symptoms of gigantism or acromegaly, respectively.
  • When a pituitary disorder is suspected.

How is IGF Binding Protein-3 performed?

IGF Binding Protein-3 test is performed as follows:

  • A blood sample is taken from the patient.
  • The lab test is done on the test sample.

What are the parameters measured in IGF Binding Protein-3?

IGF Binding Protein-3 test gives the practitioner an idea about the levels of IGF Binding Protein-3 in the sample. Elevated levels can lead to conditions like gigantism whereas, lower than normal levels can lead to a situation of delayed growth in children.

Preparation before performing IGF Binding Protein-3

The following points need to be taken into consideration before the IGF Binding Protein-3 test:-

  • The patient must visit the doctor to discuss all the details of symptoms and medical history.
  • If the patient has experienced any prior problems in taking blood tests, they must inform the doctor before taking the test.

Post-care after IGF Binding Protein-3

IGF Binding Protein-3 test is a simple procedure. No special care is required post the sample for testing has been given.

A bandage may be required in case blood is drawn.

Sample types in IGF Binding Protein-3

IGF Binding Protein-3 test is done only with the use of a blood sample.

Side effects/risks of IGF Binding Protein-3

IGF Binding Protein-3 is a simple lab test hence, there are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test.

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