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What Is A Cortisol Swab Test Used For
Adrenal/Pituitary: A cortisol swab test is used to determine cortisol levels in the saliva. This is to help identify if cortisol levels are being effected by diseases such as cushing's, addison's, or other pituitary or adrenal insufficiency. Multiple swabs are taken in order determine oscillating levels. If these are abnormal, a physician will do other tests to confirm the etiology of the cortisol level discrepancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cortisol is what the body produces. It is often obtained to check if your body's adrenal gland (which produces the cortisol) is functioning well especially after one has been taking cortisone (prednisone) for a long time. Sometimes it is used to screen out over-production of cortisone by the body ...Read more
Which of the following accurately predicts problems with cortisol levels blood test, 24 hr urine or midnight saliva swab?
Depends: Blood cortisol is useful in the diagnosis of cushings (hypercortisolemia) or adrenal insufficiency. A 24 hr urine cortisol is helpful to diagnose excess cortisol. Saliva cortisol is only helpful in diagnosing excess cortisol, not adrenal insufficiency. If a blood cortisol level is low, further evaluation is required to establish if your adrenal function is truly low. ...Read more
Used a mild hydrocortisone suppository on day of saliva cortisol test. levels came back very high, dr is convinced is cushing's. suppository to blame?
Not clear: Hi. I'm not sure why you're taking rectal hydrocortisone (HC). Hi dose exogenous glucocorticoids can cause Cushing's. However, rectal absorption of HC is poor compared to oral. If rectal dose was low, it seems unlikely it caused a high salivary cortisol. How long after suppository was saliva test collected? You need to stay off HC, do 24-hr urine cortisol, cortisol and ACTH with sex suppression. ...Read more
Cortisol test done 1mg suppression over night. it said normal range should be 6.2 to 19.4 my result was 1.0 ug/ dl said abnormal what does that mean ?
Depends: Hi. There are cortisol stimulation tests (direct ACTH-stimulation, insulin tolerance, and metyrapone) which test for adrenal insufficiency, cortisol suppression tests, which test for Cushing's, and the 24-hour urine cortisol, which tests for Cushing's. What you can expect depends on what your doc is testing for and what test is being used. Can you give more information? Good luck! ...Read more
See you MD: All medical tests are subject to errors. If this is the first time you have had an abnormal reading it would be best to rerun the test. Various conditions may cause the cortisol levels in the saliva to increase. It would be best to consult with your md to properly evaluate the cause of these findings. ...Read more
Stimulation test: Cortisol is higher in the am than the pm, but it fluctuates all day long. If the degree of suspicious for addisons is low, a cortisol around 8 am plus electrolytes is probably fine. If the suspicion is high, you need to do an acth stimulation test. Baseline cortisol plus cortisol after injection of acth. This test can be done any time of day. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more
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