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What are the tests for adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Primary vs secondary: The fault may lie in the pituitary which may produce too little acth. The adrenal responds normally to acth stimulation. If the gland is defective, there is impaired response to acth. In both there are low levels of corticosteroids in blood and urine, and similar electrolyte disturbances, e.G, high potassium.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Low adrenal function: The adrenal glands make a number of different hormones, most importantly cortisol. When a person's adrenals cannot make normal amounts of cortisol, they are diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, or failure. This can be due to a problem in the adrenals (infection, tumor, bleeding, auto-immune destruction) or in the pituitary or parts of the brain that control the adrenals.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some of the tests that would show an adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Specific test: Adrenal insufficiency may not be detectable independent of stress. A morning corisol/acth level may or may not give you some clue. A low/high dose acth stimulation test would really be a good way, particularly for secondary adrenal insufficiency. An Insulin tolerance test would also work. Adrenal crisis would not require further testing as long as cortisol and acth levels measured at the time.

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