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Measurement of Basal Serum Calcitonin for the Diagnosis of Medullary Thyroid Cancer
Hormone and Metabolic Research
AbstractCalcitonin (CT), a tumor marker for medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), can be stimulated with pentagastrin or calcium. Because of the unavailability of pentagastrin, basal CT measurement is frequently used for the preoperative diagnosis of MTC. The aim of the study was to define basal serum calcitonin (bCT) cut-off thresholds for diagnosing MTC. Within a retrospective analysis, 114 patients (51 males) were included fulfilling the criteria of an increased preoperative bCT level (>10 pg/ml)doi:10.1055/s-0043-122237 pmid:29169190 fatcat:7vfpd4vi3jempbkpnfuwvfa32y