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Test Code GFB3M Insulin-Like Growth Factor-Binding Protein 3 (IGFBP-3), Serum

Additional Codes








Reporting Name


Useful For

Diagnosing growth disorders


Diagnosing adult growth hormone deficiency


Monitoring of recombinant human growth hormone treatment


As a possible adjunct to insulin-like growth factor 1 and growth hormone in the diagnosis and follow-up of acromegaly and gigantism

Method Name

Enzyme-Labeled Chemiluminescent Immunometric Assay

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Necessary Information

Indicate patient's age and sex.

Specimen Required


Preferred: Red top

Acceptable: Serum gel

Specimen Volume: 0.8 mL

Collection Instructions: Spin down promptly.

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.3 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum Frozen 14 days

Reject Due To


Mild OK; Gross reject


Mild OK; Gross OK





Reference Values

1-7 days: ≤0.7 mcg/mL

8-14 days: 0.5-1.4 mcg/mL

15 days-11 months: unavailable

1 year: 0.7-3.6 mcg/mL

2 years: 0.8-3.9 mcg/mL

3 years: 0.9-4.3 mcg/mL

4 years: 1.0-4.7 mcg/mL

5 years: 1.1-5.2 mcg/mL

6 years: 1.3-5.6 mcg/mL

7 years: 1.4-6.1 mcg/mL

8 years: 1.6-6.5 mcg/mL

9 years: 1.8-7.1 mcg/mL

10 years: 2.1-7.7 mcg/mL

11 years: 2.4-8.4 mcg/mL

12 years: 2.7-8.9 mcg/mL

13 years: 3.1-9.5 mcg/mL

14 years: 3.3-10 mcg/mL

15 years: 3.5-10 mcg/mL

16 years: 3.4-9.5 mcg/mL

17 years: 3.2-8.7 mcg/mL

18 years: 3.1-7.9 mcg/mL

19 years: 2.9-7.3 mcg/mL

20 years: 2.9-7.2 mcg/mL

21-25 years: 3.4-7.8 mcg/mL

26-30 years: 3.5-7.6 mcg/mL

31-35 years: 3.5-7.0 mcg/mL

36-40 years: 3.4-6.7 mcg/mL

41-45 years: 3.3-6.6 mcg/mL

46-50 years: 3.3-6.7 mcg/mL

51-55 years: 3.4-6.8 mcg/mL

56-60 years: 3.4-6.9 mcg/mL

61-65 years: 3.2-6.6 mcg/mL

66-70 years: 3.0-6.2 mcg/mL

71-75 years: 2.8-5.7 mcg/mL

76-80 years: 2.5-5.1 mcg/mL

81-85 years: 2.2-4.5 mcg/mL


Tanner Stages:



Stage I: 1.4-5.2 mcg/mL

Stage II: 2.3-6.3 mcg/mL

Stage III: 3.1-8.9 mcg/mL

Stage IV: 3.7-8.7 mcg/mL

Stage V: 2.6-8.6 mcg/mL



Stage I: 1.2-6.4 mcg/mL

Stage II: 2.8-6.9 mcg/mL

Stage III: 3.9-9.4 mcg/mL

Stage IV: 3.3-8.1 mcg/mL

Stage V: 2.7-9.1 mcg/mL


Note: Puberty onset, ie, the transition from Tanner stage I (prepubertal) to Tanner stage II (early pubertal), occurs for girls at a median age of 10.5 (±2) years and for boys at a median age of 11.5 (±2) years. There is evidence that it may occur up to 1 year earlier in obese girls and in African-American girls. By contrast, for boys there is no definite proven relationship between puberty onset and body weight or ethnic origin. Progression through Tanner stages is variable. Tanner stage V (young adult) should be reached by age 18.

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday: 5 a.m.-12 a.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
IGFB3 IGFBP-3, S 2483-6


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
IGFB3 IGFBP-3, S 2483-6

Analytic Time

Same day/1 day

Test Classification

This test has been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.