This category of pituitary adrenal assays lists tests that are for research use and clinical use testing.
Tests of the pituitary gland and pituitary function include:
- Hormone levels: pituitary hormones are released in pulses and levels fluctuate during the day. A single blood test is usually insufficient to assess a pituitary hormone deficiency properly.
- Hormone stimulation tests: the precise protocols for the tests and the defined normal ranges vary between laboratories. Examples of protocols can be found by following the links in the ‘Further reading & references’, below.
- Visual field check: pituitary tumours may cause visual field defects.
- MRI or CT scan of the pituitary and surrounding structures.