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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 exactly is a cortisol stimulation test?

What exactly is a cortisol stimulation test?

Cortisol Stim Test: A Cortisol stimulation tests should be performed when there is doubt about the status of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal function, and is used to establish the diagnosis in patients with equivocal serum cortisol values in whom hypoadrenalism is suspected. There are different types of test. Usually a low -dose ACTH stimulation test is done. Your doctor will chose the appropriate test for you. ...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

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On Cort Stim test, results, ACTH 6.1 , cortisol 18.5 and 22.7, is this normal?

If the test: was done properly in the morning, these results would be considered normal. ...Read more

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What do they do if you have a high cortisol level? What other tests are done?

What do they do if you have a high cortisol level?  What other tests are done?

Suppression or urine: The 2 screening tests that can be performed are an overnight Dexamethasone suppression test (odst) or a 24 hour urine collection for cortisol. For the odst, you take Dexamethasone (a steroid) the night before you get blood drawn for a morning cortisol. The normal response to taking dex is a decrease in cortisol production. If one of these tests is abnormal, a 2 day dex test is done to confirm. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests do you take to determine your cortisol level to decide if you have excess cortisol?

What kinds of tests do you take to determine your cortisol level to decide if you have excess cortisol?

Suppression or urine: The 2 screening tests that can be performed are an overnight Dexamethasone suppression test (odst) or a 24 hour urine collection for cortisol. For the odst, you take Dexamethasone (a steroid) the night before you get blood drawn for a morning cortisol. The normal response to taking dex is a decrease in cortisol production. If one of these tests is abnormal, a 2 day dex test is done to confirm. ...Read more

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What are the tests done for checking cortisol levels in ones body? Incase one is doubtful of cushing's?

Cushing's tests: Hi. Cushing's is a rare disease. The tests most commonly done to establish the diagnosis are 24-hour urine cortisol, overnight dexamethasone suppression, and 3 late night salivary cortisols. If cortisol excess is determined, I'd get an 8 AM serum ACTH, just to see if it's suppressed (establishes ACTH-independent Cushing's). The workup goes on from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Acth stim test done. Acth was 12 at baseline cortisol 1. At 30 minutes cortisol was 22.7 then 1hr at 29. Does this indicate secondary ai?

Adrenal insuff: The results of the acth stim test suggest that ai is not an issue. The cortisol level responded as expected to the stimulation. If at the start of the test, you were ill then it might suggest that you have a relative ai as your initial cortisol level was 1 (ok if your healthy and not stressed, but in an ill person the cortisol should be higher in response to stress). ...Read more

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Adrenal stim test. Baseline cortisol at 0930 is 17.3, at 1000 is 18.9, at 1030 is 20. Ref range is 3.7-19.4. What causes wnl baseline/min elevation?

Normal: These cortisol levels are totally normal. Often the morning cortisol can be mildly elevated from expected norms as a result of stress. However, this stim test is normal. ...Read more

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I had a Cortisol Ser HQ test. At 8:43 it was .04. After cortisol given it at 8:47 it was 2.1 At 9:17 it was 2.3. Is this concerning? I don't feel well

I had a Cortisol Ser HQ test. At 8:43 it was .04. After cortisol given it at 8:47 it was 2.1 At 9:17 it was 2.3. Is this concerning? I don't feel well

Low Cortisol: Pre cortisol med blood levels very low. Normal= 6-23 mcg you= 0.04 test dose= 2.1, 2,3 Do you know the ACTH value? You have Addison disease, and patients do not feel well. You need an endocrinologist, a full endocrine panel, MRI of the brain and the adrenals, etc. ...Read more

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Acth stim test.My baseline cortisol was 17.5. After 30 min, cortisol =22. After 60 min, =26.I thought cortisol should raise 20pts but i was told normal.?

Perhaps: In healthy individuals, the morning cortisol level should double from a baseline of 20-30 µg/dl within 60 minutes. The baseline cortisol level in people with adrenal insufficiency is usually below 15 µg/dl. An acth stimulation test that raises the cortisol concentration to 20 µg/dl would support the diagnosis. Make sure you have the right units. ...Read more

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High cortisol levels on 2 blood tests? Why?

High cortisol levels on 2 blood tests? Why?

How high?: It's important to know how high the tests were above the normal range (were they clinically significant?). Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands which is under control by the pituitary. The problem could be either one. Your doctor who ordered the cortisol should be able to tell you the next step of workup. If the tests were indeed very high, you will need more testings before treatment. ...Read more

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