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A 42-year-old member asked:

High cortisol levels on 2 blood tests? why?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Adrenal or Pituitary: Excessive production of cortisol may result from a tumor in pituitary producing a hormone that stimulates the adrenal gland. Lesions in the adrenal gland, hyperplasia, adenoma, carcinoma, may also cause increase in cortisol levels. You need to consult your doctor and/or an endocrinologist.
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
How high?: It's important to know how high the tests were above the normal range (were they clinically significant?). Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands which is under control by the pituitary. The problem could be either one. Your doctor who ordered the cortisol should be able to tell you the next step of workup. If the tests were indeed very high, you will need more testings before treatment.
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