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A leuprolide stimulation test is done to find out whether a child is in puberty.
The test may be done if your child has entered puberty too soon or has not entered puberty as expected.
Your child will have an IV (a small thin tube) placed in the arm or leg. We will give him or her an injection of medicine called leuprolide acetate (lu-pro-lide as-i-teyt) just under the skin.
Blood is drawn at different times (usually one to three times) through the IV catheter to measure hormone levels.
Getting the IV and the medication may hurt a bit but they are done quickly.
Your child will not have to follow a special diet for this test.
It would be best if the child wears a short-sleeved shirt to the test.
Explain to your child what will happen in simple terms so that your child will understand.
The test is done in the Endocrinology Outpatient Clinic. When you arrive to clinic, we will measure your child’s height and weight.
Your child will then go into a patient room where the IV (intravenous) catheter is placed. This is used to draw the blood samples. We will give the medicine injection just under the skin.
The test will take 30-90 minutes. The child is awake throughout the test. Parents can stay with the child during the test. At the end of the test, the IV catheter is removed.
After the test, your child can go home. You will get the test results about two to three weeks after the test. Your child’s provider will notify you of the results.
Your child can return to normal diet and activities after the test. There are no side effects from the medicine.
If you have any medical concerns about your child or if you have not received the results within three weeks, call 513-636-4744.
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