VIP (Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide)

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6500,00 rsd

Obrtno Vreme

30 days

Uzorkovanje

Drawing blood

Kategorija

Immunohemistry

VIP (Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide) analysis is one of the subtle yet crucial tests conducted at IntroLab laboratory in Belgrade. It is designed to provide key insights into your health status, which is particularly relevant for the functional assessment of certain aspects of your digestive system. Our team of experts is dedicated to delivering the most accurate results, which are essential for precise diagnostics and effective treatment.

What is VIP (Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide)?

Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide, also known as VIP, is a type of peptide hormone produced by certain cells in our body. It plays a critical role in various bodily functions, especially in the normal functioning of the digestive system. This polypeptide acts as a neurotransmitter and vasodilator, influencing the relaxation of the smooth muscles of the digestive tract and stimulating the secretion of water and electrolytes in the pancreas and stomach.

Function of Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide in the body

VIP (Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide) is vital for homeostasis or maintaining balance in the body. Besides its primary function in regulating digestive processes, VIP also affects:

  • Relaxation of bronchial muscles
  • Stimulation of hormone secretion
  • Regulation of cardiac activity
  • Control of passage through the blood-brain barrier
  • Modulation of the immune response

Why is measuring VIP important?

VIP analysis, although specific, provides results that can be linked to various health conditions. Elevated VIP levels can indicate different disorders, including:

  • VIPoma: This is a type of neuroendocrine tumor, most commonly located in the pancreas, which produces large amounts of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide. Due to excessive production of VIP, symptoms such as prolonged watery diarrhea, hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood), dehydration, and acidosis (increased blood acidity) occur.
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome: Although this syndrome is more commonly associated with elevated levels of gastrin, in some cases, VIP levels can also be elevated. This syndrome is characterized by the presence of gastrinomas, tumors that lead to excessive production of stomach acid and, consequently, to ulcers in the stomach and duodenum.
  • Short Bowel Syndrome: This syndrome results from the removal of a large part of the small intestine, reducing the absorption of nutrients. Elevated VIP levels may be present due to altered digestive system function.
  • Certain types of tumors: Elevated VIP levels can also be found in certain types of lung or adrenal gland tumors.

Conversely, low VIP levels are rarer but can be indicative of certain metabolic or endocrine diseases. Timely detection of these abnormalities can lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment.

When is the VIP test needed?

The VIP test is usually recommended when a person shows symptoms such as:

  • Prolonged diarrhea
  • Skin flushing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Unexplained weight loss

It may also be necessary for individuals at high risk for developing tumors in the pancreas or stomach.

How is the analysis performed?

The VIP analysis is conducted using a blood sample. Before taking the sample, the patient should fast for at least 8-10 hours. The process of taking blood is quick and relatively painless, and our medical staff is trained to ensure the highest level of comfort throughout the procedure.

Preparation for the analysis

Before the VIP test, patients are advised to avoid intense physical activity, alcohol, and certain medications that can affect the results. You should discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor or laboratory technician.

Specificities and subtypes of the analysis

There are several subtypes of this analysis, including the VIP plasma test, which measures the level of this polypeptide in blood plasma.

Vrsta uzorka i vreme kada se uzima uzorak

Uzorak: Venous blood

Obrtno vreme: 30 days

Priprema: It is recommended that patients avoid strenuous physical exercise, alcohol consumption, and the use of specific medications that can affect the accuracy of the results.

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