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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
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
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
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 ?
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