Macroprolactin test is used to measure both prolactin and macroprolactin levels in the blood. This test does not distinguish between prolactin and macroprolactin. This test helps in the investigation of elevated levels of prolactin to make sure they are not caused by high macroprolactin.
Prolactin is also known as PRL or lactogenic hormone. It is produced by the pituitary gland. Prolactin helps in the production of breast milk in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The exact role of prolactin in men is not known. However, small amounts of prolactin are produced in both men and women that help to measure sexual satisfaction in both men and women. Macroprolactin is bound to IgG antibodies and is, therefore inactive. The complex of prolactin which is bound to immunoglobulin is called hyperprolactinemia. This is caused by macroprolactin.
This test may be recommended to you if your prolactin levels are high and to make sure that it is not caused by high macroprolactin. This would show no effect on fertility, milk production, or menstrual cycle.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Macroprolactin. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Macroprolactin.
No specific preparation is required for this test.
Abnormal test results can be interpreted only by your doctor. Hence consult your doctor immediately after receiving your test reports. Your doctor may recommend other tests depending on your results.
|MALE||All age groups||4 - 15.2 ng/ml|
|FEMALE||All age groups||4.8 - 23.3 ng/ml|