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What's a short synacthen test?

What's a short synacthen test?

Test adrenals: Hi. Baseline cortisol is drawn, then Synacthen is injected, then cortisol is drawn at 30" and 60". It is a test directly of the adrenal glands, and does not test the pituitary's ability to drive the adrenals. ...Read more

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What is a synacthen test? What's the general procedure?

What is a synacthen test? What's the general procedure?

Synacthen: This test helps find out whether you adrenal glands are working properly or not.. A baseline blood draw for cortisol is done and then synacthen is given into the blood stream or the muscle. 30 minutes later a second blood draw for cortisol is done. The purpose is to see that your adrenal glands are doing OK or not. ...Read more

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What should I do if I'm not feeling well after a synacthen test?

What should I do if I'm not feeling well after a synacthen test?

Need more info: What was the result of the test? What do you mean by not feeling well? It could be the underlying reason that prompted the test. It is not feasible to provide a more meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and perhaps some lab tests. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a low dose and a high dose synacthen test?

Low and High: To tough to answer in a short reponse. The article I think is best is "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACTH-stimulation-test" It will take some time to fully understand but the article is good and worth spending time on. The short test is obviously the easiest. I wish you well. ...Read more

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Have a pituitary tumor.I refused a synacthen test because i had my brain anurysim coiled 3 months ago.I read this injection can cause veins to burst.

Have a pituitary tumor.I refused a synacthen test because i had my brain anurysim coiled 3 months ago.I read this injection can cause veins to burst.

Brain: If you were coiled three months ago it is unlikely that this test would cause a rupture, probably best to speak to the interventional doctor and get an opinion. ...Read more

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