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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this test and invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about the test and how you can help.
Stimulation testing may be ordered to measure the way your child’s endocrine system responds to different types of hormones. Different types of stimulation tests can be ordered to diagnose or rule out different medical conditions. Some of the stimulation tests that might be ordered include:
Your child usually must fast before stimulation testing, which means that he or she should not have anything to eat after midnight the night before the test. Your child may have up to 8 ounces of water on the morning of the test, as long as it is before 7 a.m. Although these are the usual instructions, you will be given specific instructions on when your child may eat or drink before his or her test.
Your child may bring a DVD to watch, a book to read, or an iPod/MP3 (with earphones) to listen to during the test.
Although there are different types of stimulation tests to check for different medical conditions, all of the tests are done the same way.
The most important role of a parent or guardian during the test is to help your child stay calm and relaxed. The best way to help your child stay calm is for you to stay calm.
If you have any questions, or if your child has any special needs you feel the Endocrinology Clinic needs to know about, please call the nurse consultant at Children’s Hospital before your child’s clinic appointment.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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