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Test Code GASTRIN Gastrin, Serum

Additional Codes

Mayo Test ID


Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) Orderable: Gastrin, Serum 

AllScripts (AEHR) Orderable:  Gastrin, Serum



Reporting Name

Gastrin, S

Useful For

Investigation of patients with achlorhydria or pernicious anemia


Investigation of patients suspected of having Zollinger-Ellison syndrome


Diagnosis of gastrinoma

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

Patient Preparation:

1. Fasting (8 hours) required

2. For 12 hours before specimen collection, do not take multivitamins or dietary supplements containing biotin (vitamin B7), which is commonly found in hair, skin, and nail supplements and multivitamins.

3. If medically feasible, proton pump inhibitor (omeprazole, lansoprazole, dexlansoprazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole, and rabeprazole) therapy should be discontinued 1 week before measurement of serum gastrin levels.

4. Drugs that interfere with gastrointestinal motility (eg, opioids) should be discontinued for at least 2 weeks before serum gastrin testing.

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. If multiple specimens are collected, submit each vial under a separate order.

2. Label specimens with corresponding collection time.

3. Centrifuge at refrigerated temperature within 2 hours of collection and immediately aliquot serum into plastic vial.

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Frozen (preferred) 30 days
  Refrigerated  24 hours

Reference Values

<100 pg/mL

There is no evidence that fasting serum gastrin levels differ between adults and children. Although 8-hour fasts are difficult or impossible to enforce in small children, serum gastrin levels after shorter fasting periods (3-8 hours) may be 50% to 60% higher than the 8-hour fasting value.


For SI unit Reference Values, see

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Test Classification

This test has been cleared, approved or is exempt 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.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
GAST Gastrin, S 2333-3


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
GAST Gastrin, S 2333-3

Clinical Information

Gastrin is a peptide hormone produced by mucosal G cells of the gastric antrum. It is synthesized as preprogastrin, cleaved to progastrin, which undergoes several posttranslational modifications, in particular sulfation, and is finally processed into the mature 34-amino acid, gastrin-34. Gastrin-34 may be cleaved further into the shorter 17-amino acid, gastrin-17. Either may be secreted as a C-terminal amidated or unamidated isoform. A number of additional, smaller gastrin fragments, as well as gastrin molecules with atypical posttranslational modifications (eg, absent sulfation), may also be secreted in small quantities. Gastrin half-life is short, 5 minutes for amidated gastrin-17, and 20 to 25 minutes for amidated gastrin-34. Elimination occurs through peptidase cleavage and renal excretion.


Gastrin-17 I (nonsulfated form) and gastrin-17 II (sulfated) appear equipotent. Their biological effects are chiefly associated with the amidated isoforms and consist of promotion of gastric epithelial cell proliferation and differentiation to acid-secreting cells, direct promotion of acid secretion, and indirect stimulation of acid production through histamine release. In addition, gastrin stimulates gastric motility and release of pepsin and intrinsic factor. Most gastrin isoforms with atypical posttranslational modifications and most small gastrin fragments display reduced or absent bioactivity. This assay measures predominately gastrin-17. Larger precursors and smaller fragments have little or no cross-reactivity in the assay.


Intraluminal stomach pH is the main factor regulating gastrin production and secretion. Rising gastric pH levels result in increasing serum gastrin levels, while falling pH levels are associated with mounting somatostatin production in gastric D cells. Somatostatin, in turn, downregulates gastrin synthesis and release. Other weaker factors that stimulate gastrin secretion are gastric distention, protein-rich foods, and elevated secretin or serum calcium levels.


Serum gastrin levels may also be elevated in gastric distention due to gastric outlet obstruction and in a variety of conditions that lead to real or functional gastric hypo- or achlorhydria (gastrin is secreted in an attempted compensatory response to achlorhydria). These include atrophic gastritis with or without pernicious anemia, a disorder characterized by destruction of acid-secreting (parietal) cells of the stomach; gastric dumping syndrome; and surgically excluded gastric antrum. In atrophic gastritis, the chronic cell-proliferative stimulus of the secondary hypergastrinemia may contribute to the increased gastric cancer risk observed in this condition.


Gastrin levels are pathologically increased in gastrinoma, a type of neuroendocrine tumor that can occur in the pancreas (20%-40%) or in the duodenum (50%-70%). The triad of non-beta islet cell tumor of the pancreas (gastrinoma), hypergastrinemia, and severe ulcer disease is referred to as the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Over 50% of gastrinomas are malignant and can metastasize to regional lymph nodes and the liver. About 25% of gastrinomas occur as part of the multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN 1) syndrome and are associated with hyperparathyroidism and pituitary adenomas. These MEN 1-associated tumors have been observed to occur at an earlier age than sporadic tumors and often follow a more benign course.


Basal and secretin-stimulated serum gastrin measurements are the best laboratory tests for gastrinoma.

Analytic Time

Same day/1 day

Reject Due To

Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia OK

NY State Approved


Method Name

Automated Chemiluminescent Immunometric Assay


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

-Oncology Test Request Form (T729)

-Benign Hematology Test Request Form (T755)

Northwell Health Laboratories Additional Information:

Computer Interface Code

    PDM # 5900160


Note:  If multiple specimens are drawn, order GASTRINAD

                  PDM # 5900175