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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (Overview)

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 makes several other hormones.


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What does adrenocorticotropic hormone do?

What does  adrenocorticotropic hormone do?

ACTH: This hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulates cortisol release by the adrenal gland. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
146 doctors shared insights

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (Overview)

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 makes several other hormones.


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How does the adrenocorticotropic hormone work?

How does the adrenocorticotropic hormone work?

ACTH: Acth is a hormone that works on a feedback system. It controls the release of cortisol, aldosterone and the adrenal steroids. It is released by the anterior pituitary to tell the adrenal glands to release the aldosterone and cortisol. ...Read more

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What does adrenocorticotropic hormone do?

ACTH: This hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulates cortisol release by the adrenal gland. ...Read more

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How does the adrenocorticotropic hormone work?

ACTH: Acth is a hormone that works on a feedback system. It controls the release of cortisol, aldosterone and the adrenal steroids. It is released by the anterior pituitary to tell the adrenal glands to release the aldosterone and cortisol. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: adrenocorticotropic hormone?

ACTH: 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 makes several other hormones. ...Read more

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What tissue does adrenocorticotropic hormone target and what are the effects?

What tissue does adrenocorticotropic hormone target and what are the effects?

ACTH: This hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulates cortisol release by the adrenal gland. The effects are dependent on levels. In normal amounts, cortisol helps the body overcome stress. In excessive amounts, elevated cortisol leads to cushings disease. This causes excessive weight gain, purplish skin stretch marks, high blood pressure and diabetes. ...Read more

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I am currently on hydrocortisone & fludrocortisone for addisons disease. When the dr runs a blood test for Adrenocorticotropic Hormone level & it comes back normal is that because I am on oral steroids?

I am currently on hydrocortisone & fludrocortisone for addisons disease. When the dr runs a blood test for Adrenocorticotropic Hormone level & it comes back normal is that because I am on oral steroids?

Yes: The pituitary gland usually governs how much cortisone should be produced to meet the body's needs via a hormone called ACTH. More ACTH is released to tell the adrenal to produce more when the cortisone level is low and vice versa. When the cortisone level is adequate , the body would produce only the normal amount of ACTH. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to take an acth hormone test tomorrow, and I need to know what to do to prepare. do What to do if I have to fast?

What to do if I have to take an acth hormone test tomorrow, and I need to know what to do to prepare. do What to do if I have to fast?

ACTH-stim test?: Hi. Are you having an ACTH stimulation test, where they inject ACTH (1-24) aka Cosyntropin and measure cortisol in response? Assuming so, no, you do NOT have to be fasting for it. You have to do nothing special to prepare for it. If they're just testing your own ACTH (& cortisol) level, that should be drawn at 8 AM. I'm not sure exactly what's being tested in you. ...Read more

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What is acth hormone deficiency?

What is  acth hormone deficiency?

Adrenal Insufficient: Acth is a pituitary hormone which stimulates the adrenal gland to secrete cortisol, a hormone necessary for life. When you no longer make acth you get adrenal insufficiency and have to take medication to replace the cortisol. Acth deficiency is often associated with other pituitary hormone deficiencies for which patients are screened. ...Read more

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How does oral cortisol affect acth hormone and aldosterone levels?

How does oral cortisol affect acth hormone and aldosterone levels?

Poor correlation: Hi. Oral cortisol (aka hydrocortisone) does not reliably affect ACTH secretion nor aldosterone levels. That is somewhat unfortunate for those of us treated adrenal insufficiency, since determination of proper dose is based solely on clinical response, and not labs. Aldosterone is driven by the renin-angiotensin system bypassing the pituitary. UIHC is excellent, so you have great docs close at hand ...Read more

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What does a low range for growth hormone (0.1ng/ml) and acth (6Pg/ml) mean?

What does a low range for growth hormone  (0.1ng/ml) and acth (6Pg/ml) mean?

Not much: A random GH level is not helpful in diagnosing GH deficiency since for most of the day GH levels are low and there are spikes which last only an hour or 2. Low ACTH does not mean much either - it is high ACTH which signals an adrenal problem. Your symptoms do not sound like they are related to lack of pituitary hormones so not sure why GH and ACTH were ordered ...Read more

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Growth hormone is 0.1ng/ml, acth is 6pg/ml, adh (vasopressin) is <0.5. Something wrong with the pitatury gland?

Growth hormone is 0.1ng/ml, acth is 6pg/ml, adh (vasopressin) is <0.5. Something wrong with the pitatury gland?

Treat the numbers?: Advice: doctors treat patients and not numbers. The ACTH and ADH (vasopressin) numbers can't be interpreted without the clinical context- it is like a fish out of water. After all, the values may be due to a lab error. It's best to ask this question with the doctor who you visited and ordered the tests. ...Read more

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Trying to figure out why my periods are messed up.All blood work is good except my growth hormone(0.1ng/ml) and acth (6 pg/ml).Are those levels ok?

Trying to figure out why my periods are messed up.All blood work is good except my growth hormone(0.1ng/ml) and acth (6 pg/ml).Are those levels ok?

Ovarian function?: These hormonal levels are on the low side but may have nothing to do with your messy periods. If your periods were always like that, it is probably just your distinct pattern. If they became recently messy, your gynecologist should be able to investigate your ovarian or pituitary hormonal function and suggest a fix ...Read more

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Does hypopituitarism caused by an adenoma result in chronic hormone deficiency or is it more likely to be an episodic deficiency I have a macroadenoma causing hypopituitarism deficiency in, fsh/lh and acth and i' am currently taking medication for cortiso

Does hypopituitarism caused by an adenoma result in chronic hormone deficiency or is it more likely to be an episodic deficiency I have a macroadenoma causing hypopituitarism deficiency in, fsh/lh and acth and i' am currently taking medication for cortiso

Although : Although hypopituitarism is not episodic, you may indeed be hypothyroid. In the presence of a macroadenoma one cannot rely on the tsh. A low end of normal free thyroxine would, in my view, suggest that you are indeed hypothyroid especially if you have symptoms and have other hormonal deficiencies. I would tend to supplement you with thyroid hormone. You also may be growth hormone deficient. Growth hormone deficiency may cause fatigue. ...Read more

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Growth hormone 0.1ng/ml, acth 6pg/ml, adh (vasopressin) <0.5. Something wrong with my pitaury gland? Trying to find a reason for recently weird periods

Endocrinologist: These are not the typical hormones a doctor would test for irregular menstrual cycles. TSH, Proactin, LH and FSH are more typical. It sounds like you are seeing an endocrinologist already based on these tests. I would schedule follow up to over the results. ...Read more

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Acth 6pg/ml, adh (vasopressin) <0.5, growth hormone 0.1ng/ml. Daily headaches. Constant bathroom breaks.Random spotting for a day or two.Is it my pitatury gland?

Acth 6pg/ml, adh (vasopressin) <0.5, growth hormone 0.1ng/ml. Daily headaches. Constant bathroom breaks.Random spotting for a day or two.Is it my pitatury gland?

ACTH etc.: It sure sounds like it but it is extremely unlikely that the doctor who ordered these tests did not only tell you the results but also has not referred you to an Endocrinologist! Bypass that doctor and see an Endocrinologist! ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more