Prostaglandin E2, Serum/Plasma (PG-E2)

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The Prostaglandin E2, Serum/Plasma (PG-E2) test contains 1 test.

Clinical Significance

Prostaglandins are synthesized from arachidonic acid by cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 or -2, which converts the acid into PGH2. This is further processed by cytosolic or microsomal prostaglandin synthesis to become prostaglandin E2. PG E2 is produced in many tissues and the level is increased during inflammation, arthritis, fever, endometriosis, tissue injury, pheochromocytoma, VIP producing tumors and variety of cancers with amine peptide productions. Prostaglandin E2 production and circulating levels are reduced by aspiring and indomethacin treatment.

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