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How long for an acth blood test to come back?

How long for an acth blood test to come back?

About 2 days: Many labs will differ how they run tests or advise how they be collected. For one lab an ACTH needs to be collected between 7-10 am and the turnaround is about 2 days. The ordering provider may not get the result exactly at 2 days if it has to be placed in the record or if it has to be signed off to be officially read however. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

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Blood test results-what do I need to do next? Low omega 3 / high homocyteine 14 / acth is too high.

Blood test results-what do I need to do next? Low omega 3 / high homocyteine 14 / acth is too high.

Consider a consult: Physicians debate the value of screening homocysteines, but I am puzzled as to why you have had your omega 3 and acth levels checked. If your physician cannot explain the ongoing workup, it may be time to get a second opinion about the direction in which these studies are going. ...Read more

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How long do acth blood test take? Had one had to wait 3 weeks, it was no resulted, had MRI head scan, it said unable to read due patient movement.

How long do acth blood test take? Had one had to wait 3 weeks, it was no resulted, had MRI head scan, it said unable to read due patient movement.

Same day results: This is a reference level test in the us. That means most hospital labs do not perform the test. Your blood is drawn, shipped to a large university center, and then the test is resulted. The actual time of the lab running the test and getting the results is about 8 hours, but you have to factor in transit time of the specimen to the lab. Three weeks does seem a little bit long even for that. ...Read more

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Endocrinology. What specific blood test covers pit & hypothalmus, thymus adrenal glands.No acth allowed, scans wont be read anywhere in uk, need closure?

Endocrinology. What specific blood test covers pit & hypothalmus, thymus adrenal glands.No acth allowed, scans wont be read anywhere in uk, need closure?

There are a: Multitude of tests that relate to the pituitary and hypothalamus plus the other endocrine glands -- but not the thymus, which is in a different body system. I don't know why your scans couldn't be read by someone in the uk. You need to discuss this with your doctors. ...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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Osteoporosis acth blood level 55(ref range <45). Is it this cause ?

Not likely: High acth itself does not cause osteoporosis. However high cortisol due to high acth (cushings disease) can. You may need testing to make sure you do not have cushings disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: plasma acth?

What is the definition or description of: plasma acth?

Adrenocorticotropic : Acth is adrenocorticotropic hormone that is normally produced in the pituitary gland. Acth is part of a complex feedback system that regulates the production of hormones by the adrenal glands. The level of plasma acth can give clues to a doctor when something goes wrong with this system. Acth is also seen outside of this system in cases of certain types of tumors and other rare situations. ...Read more

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What is plasma acth cortisol response?

What is plasma acth cortisol response?

Test adrenal fxn.: This test is to check on whether or not your adrenal glands are working right. The acth action is to increase production and release of corticosteroids. In the test, a small amount of synthetic acth is injected and the amount of cortisol the adrenals produce in response is measured. This is used to check for things like primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency, and addison's disease. ...Read more

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What is plasma acth?

What is plasma acth?

Pituitary hormone: Hi. ACTH is a hormone from the pituitary gland that travels by the bloodstream to the adrenal glands and stimulates cortisol production (and to a lesser extent, aldosterone). The cortisol feeds back to the pituitary to regulate ACTH release (also effects on hypothalamic CRH, but we'll keep it simple). ACTH positive feedforward & cortisol negative feedback works beautifully. Diseases can affect it. ...Read more

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What is plasma acth testing looking for?

What is plasma acth testing looking for?

Pituitary signal: Acth is a pituitary hormone. If your doctor is measuring acth, most likely he/she is also measuring a cortisol level. These two tests will evaluate whether or not you have a specific pituitary or adrenal problem and help locate where the problem is. ...Read more

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What is plasma acth? How is it performed?

What is plasma acth? How is it performed?

ACTH: Good question but hard to answer in a short paragraph. Please go online and look up ACTH in articles designed for patients not doctors. That should be of great help. Any questions - send them to me. ...Read more

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What is plasma acth and how is it performed?

What is plasma acth and how is it performed?

Pituitary hormone: Acth comes from the pituitary and regulates adrenal cortisol. It is measured in an immunoassay. Acth is a small peptide, broken down quickly in plasma, and is tricky to assay; results can be unreliable if the sample is not processed properly. It is measured in the work up of adrenal and/or pituitary disorders, such as cushing's disease or pituitary deficiency. ...Read more

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Acth plasma and cortisol blood tests were normal but I have strong addisons symptoms with bronzing.What to do? Should I do an acth stimulation test?

Acth plasma and cortisol blood tests were normal but I have strong addisons symptoms with bronzing.What to do? Should I do an acth stimulation test?

Not an issue for : Self diagnosis. I trust that you are under the care of an endocrinologist, if not, it would be prudent to consult one and follow his/her advice. ...Read more

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I had normetanephrine plasma free blood test drawn : result was (H) 0.92 Should I be concerned?

I had normetanephrine plasma 
free blood test drawn : result was (H) 0.92 
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Not yet, but...: Numbers are just numbers, without knowing the whole story. If this test result is slightly above the reference range, one's doctor will look at the whole picture to see if more testing is needed. More tests might be needed. A reference range is where 95% of normal people have results in, which means 5% of normal people have results outside the reference range. Hope to be one of those normals. ...Read more

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What could a plasma metanephrines blood test mean if it is slightly elevated?

What could a plasma metanephrines blood test mean if it is slightly elevated?

Keep testing : Most labs are set up so that a few percent of healthies come out a bit high. You are getting worked up for pheochromocytoma, I bet. You will get seem real biochemical tests, and if others are suggestive, imaging. ...Read more

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I am 8 weeks pregnant, my blood test shows a result, toxo plasma anti igm-0.07, igg-140, do I need to take any med, will this cause any complications.

Antibodies present: Congratulations - don't worry about your toxoplasmosis titers. Having high igg and low igm shows that your body has previously been exposed to toxo and has built up an antibody to it for protection. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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