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Cortisol 5 Specimens
What is normal acth number? Mine is 5 and cortisol is 7.5 normal. Is it unusual for one to be normal and the other abnormal? 2 questions.
Lab values: Normal values of acth range from 9 - 52 pg/ml, but there may be variances from laboratory to laboratory. Normal cortisol levels will vary with the time of day, the highest levels occurring in the morning. Without having access to your full medical records and history it is difficult to say whether there is significance to the values quoted. Discuss with the doctor who ordered these. Good luck. ...Read more
Acth stim test.My baseline cortisol was 17.5. After 30 min, cortisol =22. After 60 min, =26.I thought cortisol should raise 20pts but i was told normal.?
Perhaps: In healthy individuals, the morning cortisol level should double from a baseline of 20-30 µg/dl within 60 minutes. The baseline cortisol level in people with adrenal insufficiency is usually below 15 µg/dl. An acth stimulation test that raises the cortisol concentration to 20 µg/dl would support the diagnosis. Make sure you have the right units. ...Read more
Is it true that upon waking cortisol is highest and this is why I may feel anxious when I wake up?It only lasts about 5 min..Scary
Anxious: No that is not true. If that symptom lasts only five minutes you need not worry. If you are really very concerned you should see a psychologist. ...Read more
More info, please: Hi. In the units we normally use, those would be low. What is your doc testing them for? Were they drawn the morning after taking a dexamethasone pill? If you, I'd say you suppressed normally. If it wasn't dex suppression test, you may be adrenally insufficient; if so, it would look like a pituitary origin. Provocative testing would be required to confirm, such as insulin tolerance testing. ...Read more
My serum cortisol levels came back 5.4 mcg/dl. What is the range for serum cortisol levels? What do these results mean? Thank You :-)
Impossible to know: Cortisol flucutates thorught the course of the day and can be extremly labial being affected by medicaitons, stree, other ilness etc.. Wihtout known all of these factors it is impoisble to state what an isolated value means ...Read more
Cause of low ACTH and low cortisol in the am? My stim test results:ACTH -5.2, and cortisol- 2.4 before injection then 60minutes from injection cortiso
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Low cortisol: It means exactly what it says -your health is impaired. Has any doctor told you that you have low cortisol? If yes but she/he has doe nothing about it find another doctor who will treat you better. ...Read more
Varies thru the day: "normal values for a blood sample taken at 8 in the morning are 6 - 23 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dl). The examples above are common measurements for results for these tests. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories." http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003693.Htm. ...Read more
Stress: There are many different causes of high cortisol. I will mention one- stress. Usually cortisol is high in am and low in pm. Recent studies are showing woman in the workforce having higher pm cortisol levels associated with job stress. Other causes of high pm cortisol should be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more