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Acth stimulation test results accurate?

Acth stimulation test results accurate?

Depends: I'm assuming no lab errors. If you get a very high cortisol spike after receiving the first dose of ACTH, you are reassured you do not have Addison's. No, or a very small spike, strongly suggests Addison's. In-between... that's why there are specialist endocrinologists. ...Read more

Acth Stimulation Test (Definition)

The acth stimulation test evaluate whether the adrenal gland can respond to stimulation from the pituitary gland by giving an artificial form of the pituitary hormone (acth) and measuring the adrenal gland hormone (cortisol) before and after the injection. Normally the cortisol level will rise after the injection; in most instances failure to do so indicates a problem ...Read more


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Regarding acth stimulation test. Do I have to be experiencing symptoms at time of test in order for it to show positive result?

Regarding acth stimulation test. Do I have to be experiencing symptoms at time of test in order for it to show positive result?

No symptoms needed: The test is designed to test the ability of your adrenal glands to respond to stimulation from the pituitary (by giving a synthetic form of the pituitary hormone), so it is not necessary to have symptoms for the test to be valid. The ability of the adrenal gland to respond to stimulation does not come and go on a short term basis, so the results will be the same no matter how one feels. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acth plasma and acth stimulation test? Which one is more reliable and accurate? Can you depend solely on acth plasma?

What is the difference between acth plasma and acth stimulation test? Which one is more reliable and accurate? Can you depend solely on acth plasma?

Plasma: Is the amount of acth in your blood "free hormone" level. The acth stimulation test is used to determine if the adrenal glands are functioning properly. Depending on your symptoms, one or both test are needed. Speak with your physician for rutherford dealers. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: acth stimulation test?

What is the definition or description of: acth stimulation test?

Eval adrenal functio: The acth stimulation test evaluate whether the adrenal gland can respond to stimulation from the pituitary gland by giving an artificial form of the pituitary hormone (acth) and measuring the adrenal gland hormone (cortisol) before and after the injection. Normally the cortisol level will rise after the injection; in most instances failure to do so indicates a problem with the adrenal gland. ...Read more

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Can i drive myself after acth stimulation test or should I have someone drive me? I don't know what to expect? Might i feel better or worse after ?

Can i drive myself after acth stimulation test or should I have someone drive me? I don't know what to expect?  Might i feel better or worse after ?

Yes: An acth stim test. A cortisol blood test, an injection of cortrisyn followe by another cortisol blood test. It takes time, but you should be able to drive to and from work. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Acth Stimulation test: PRG 17-0H basal: 3.70nmol/l 30min interval: 9.83nmol/l 60min interval: 12nmol/l Heterozygous or Homozygous NCAH? Or Pcos?

Acth Stimulation test:
PRG 17-0H basal: 3.70nmol/l 
30min interval: 9.83nmol/l
60min interval: 12nmol/l
Heterozygous or Homozygous NCAH? Or Pcos?

NCAH or PCOS?: Not nonclassic adrenal hyperplasia with early morning 17-OH progesterone less than 200ng/dl. Yours, with conversion is 122ng/dl. Also, your stimulated level doesn't reach higher than 400ng/L. That means no 21-hydroxylase or 11beta-hydroxylase or 3-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase or 17-alpha-hydroxylase deficiency. PCOS. ...Read more

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Acth stimulation test -- is that done in a lab?

Acth stimulation test -- is that done in a lab?

Yes and no.: Provocative acth is given iv. Serial blood measurements are made for detecting the rise in cortisol in the blood. These assays are done in a lab. ...Read more

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What is the indication and contraindication of acth stimulation test? What is the management for acth stimulation test?

What is the indication and contraindication of acth stimulation test? What is the management for acth stimulation test?

See below: Acth stimulation allows a doctor to distinguish primary adrenal disease from pituitary disease. This is not an issue for self testing or management. See this site for more information and discuss the matter with your doctor. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003696.htm. ...Read more

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Is acth stimulation test done at a normal lab that draws blood?

Is acth stimulation test done at a normal lab that draws blood?

ACTH test: The lab can draw blood for measurement of cortisol, but someone has to give the injection of acth (cortrosyn). The injection can be given IV or im. A lab that only draws blood would probably not be able to do this. Someone needs to order the acth and give the injection. ...Read more

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What is an acth stimulation test for?

What is an acth stimulation test for?

Adrenal test: It's a test to see if you have adrenal insufficiency (whether or not your adrenals are working). It typically requires a placement of an iv, blood draws from the IV line as well as injection of acth through the iv. It can be done in a doctor's office or in an infusion center. ...Read more

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Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (Definition)

It is one of several pituitary hormones - acth for short (the others control the thyroid gland, gonad glands, and others) that controls adrenal gland function in primarily making the hormone called cortisol (not to be confused with "adrenaline"), though the adrenal gland also ...Read more