Which lab studies may be indicated in patients with obesity?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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The following laboratory studies may also be indicated in patients with obesity:

  • Fasting lipid panel for detection of dyslipidemia

  • Thyroid function tests

  • Serum leptin

  • Adrenal function tests, when indicated, to assess the possibility of Cushing syndrome

  • Karyotype (with fluorescence in situ hybridization [FISH] for Prader-Willi [15q-]), when indicated by clinical history and physical examination

  • Growth hormone secretion and function tests, when indicated

  • Assessment of reproductive hormones (including prolactin), when indicated

  • Serum calcium, phosphorus, and parathyroid hormone levels to evaluate for suspected pseudohypoparathyroidism

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