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
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