Dynamic Function Testing
Dynamic function tests (DFT's) involve either stimulating or suppressing a particular hormonal axis and observing the appropriate hormonal response.
In general, if a deficiency is suspected a stimulation test should be used whilst if excess is considered likely, a suppression test is required.
Please use the links to the left to find out more information about individual sample protocols and dynamic function tests available at the Homerton. It is worth noting however, that improvements in diagnostic techniques and imaging in particular have lead to a reduction in the use of such protocols in recent years, as such only a relatively few are considered appropriate to routine clinical use and are listed here accordingly.
For further information on appropriate endocrine history-taking, examination and diagnostic procedures, please consult the online "Endobible" resource provided by the Imperial Centre for Endocrinology from which the protocols in use at the Homerton have been prepared.
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