first clinic visit, you may be scheduled to have "dynamic endocrine tests" done
as an outpatient. Normally these are scheduled through the Clinical
Investigation Unit and are done fasting unless otherwise advised. These tests
include pituitary stimulation tests, glucose tolerance tests, calcitonin
stimulation, growth hormone stimulation or suppression tests, adrenal
stimulation tests, etc. You will receive an appointment time for such tests, and
you can expect to be occupied for several hours, or possibly the entire day,
depending upon the test that is being done. During this time you are an
outpatient in the Clinical Investigation Unit; you are not considered an
inpatient or "admitted" to hospital.
Normally a return clinic visit is scheduled for a few weeks after the testing is completed in order to allow time for all of the results to be obtained. At that visit, Dr. Kovacs will explain the results of the tests and how to proceed further if additional tests are required.