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A 19-year-old female asked:

Serum cortisol 145 ng/ml, acth plasma 25. i have skin bronzing since two years.should i do acth stimulation test as well?

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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
No: If it is 14.5 mcg/dl this is normal am cortisol.Bronzing is due to excess acth either from a low cortisol (addison's) or a pituitary or ectopic tumor making too much acth and elevated cortisol. See an endocrinologist.

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