The pituitary gland produces the hormone ACTH, which stimulates the outer layer of the adrenal gland (the adrenal cortex). ACTH causes the release of the hormones hydrocortisone (cortisol), aldosterone, and androgen. The most important of these hormones released is cortisol. The ACTH test is used to determine if too much cortisol is being produced (Cushing's syndrome ) or if not enough cortisol is being produced (Addison's disease ).
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Adreno Corticotrophic Hormone Blood Plasma. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Adreno Corticotrophic Hormone Blood Plasma.
You will need to avoid steroids before your test.
|UNISEX||All age groups||10 - 60 pg/ml (AM Draws)|