Test Catalog

Test Name

Alpha-Subunit Pituitary Tumor Marker, Serum

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Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.


< or =5 days: < or =50 ng/mL

6 days-12 weeks: < or =10 ng/mL

3 months-17 years: < or =1.2 ng/mL

Tanner II-IV*: < or =1.2 ng/mL



Males: < or =0.5 ng/mL

Premenopausal females: < or =1.2 ng/mL

Postmenopausal females: < or =1.8 ng/mL


Pediatric and adult reference values based on Mayo studies.


*Puberty onset (transition from Tanner stage I to Tanner stage II) occurs for boys at a median age of 11.5 (+/-2) years and for girls at a median age of 10.5 (+/-2) years. There is evidence that it may occur up to 1 year earlier in obese girls and in African American girls. For boys, there is no proven relationship between puberty onset and body weight or ethnic origin. Progression through Tanner stages is variable. Tanner stage V (adult) should be reached by age 18.