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Glucagon propranolol test

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To investigate somatotropic function in growth retardation by using an associated assay to stimulate growth hormone secretion. This test associates the effect of Gucagon on the alpha-adrenergic receptors, involved in GH-RH secretion, and beta blocking agents’ inhibitor effect on the somatostatine secretion, consequence of a higher response in hCG. This is a front line test among the most efficient.

Subject preparation
  • Fasting for 12 hours. Children can eat before the beginning of the challenge
  • Away from any stimulation at least 2 hours prior the beginning of the challenge
  • Glucagon Novo® , Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical SA (1mg bottle)
  • Propranolol, Avlocardyl®, Astra Zeneca (40 mg tablet or 5mg/5ml vial – oral administration)
  • Glucagon (Glucagon Novo®) : 1 mg or 0.5mg if child is less than 1 year old, by slow IV injection.
  • Propranolol (Avlocardyl®): 0.75 mg /kg body weight without exceeding 40 mg, oral administration.
  • Commence the perfusion of normal saline 30 minutes before the challenge.
  • Blood samples (1 dry tube and 1 fluoride tube) at T-30 min.
  • Oral administration of the correct dose of propranolol.
  • Blood samples (1 dry tube and 1 fluoride tube) at T0.
  • IM injection of 1 mg glucagon.
  • Blood samples (1 dry tube and 1 fluoride for each time interval) at the time intervals: T+30, T+60, T+90, T+120, T+150 and T+180 min.

After centrifugation, draw off the serum and plasma. Freeze the serum and store plasma at +4°C.

Side effects

Close medical supervision (with regular measurements of pulse and blood pressure) due to the risk of:

  • Bradycardia and faintness due to the propranolol.
  • Vomiting and hypoglycaemia at the end of the glucagon challenge.
  • Asthma.
  • Heart failure.

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