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What is a cortisol swab test used for?

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 more

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Which of the following accurately predicts problems with cortisol levels blood test, 24 hr urine or midnight saliva swab?

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

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What can I expect from a cortisol test?

What can I expect from a cortisol test?

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

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Can I test my cortisol levels if I am taking hc?

Can I test my cortisol levels if I am taking hc?

No: If you are taking Hydrocortisone you cannot measure a cortisol lvel. You would need to hold your hc before getting blood drawn. ...Read more

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I am a night worker. should i have cortisol pm test after i awake?

I am a night worker. should i have cortisol pm test after i awake?

Cortisol: A four-point cortisol test is best. It is taken over a period of hours at four different times and plotted on a graph. Saliva is the best sample to use. Diagnos-techs lab in Washington state has a good one. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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 ?

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 ?

Normal: The normal range is for someone who was not given dexamethasone. With dexamethasone the morning cortisol level should be under 3 mcg/dl. Your result of 1.0 is the correct result and shows that your adrenal glands are not over producing cortisol. ...Read more

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What are normal ranges for cortisol dex suppression test?

What are normal ranges for cortisol dex suppression test?

Less than 2mcg/dL: The overnight dex suppression test involves taking 1 mg of Dexamethasone at 9 pm. The morning cortisol drawn at 7-8 am should be less than 2 mcg/ dl. ...Read more

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What can I expect with am cortisol test?

What can I expect with am cortisol test?

Blood draw: It's just a blood draw. Go to the lab in the am to get it drawn. It's no different than any other blood test. ...Read more

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What time is best to test cortisol for addisons? 6-8 30am?

What time is best to test cortisol for addisons? 6-8 30am?

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