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A 18-year-old male asked:

I have high acth level what does it mean ?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
A Verified Doctoranswered
33 years experience
Need more info: Hi. Have you been diagnosed with Cushing's? If not, it means nothing. Illness and physiologic stress can drive up ACTH, and ACTH shows diurnal variation. Without knowing the time of day it was drawn and your physiologic circumstances, it means nothing. And yet, the doc who ordered it was considering something, so really don't have enough info to say. Good luck!
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