When is this performed?

  • When hypopituitarism is suspected.

What does the test involve?

  • The administration of insulin to lower the blood sugar and the taking of blood samples to measure glucose, cortisol and growth hormone levels.

Are there any side-effects?

  • When the blood sugar drops, you may experience sweating, palpitations and dizziness. This is temporary and expected.

How long does the test take and is admission to hospital required?

  • The test takes about 1 hour and does not usually require admission 

What should you tell your doctor?

  • It is important to inform your endocrinology specialist if you have epilepsy, heart disease, glycogen storage disease or are pregnant
  • Your allergies

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