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My doctor has ordered a clonidine suppression test. Where can I find information about this?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Clonidine

Or cortisol?

In brief: Clonidine

Or cortisol?
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Adarsh Gupta
Family Medicine

In brief: Adrenal Tumor test

Clonidine suppression test is used to diagnose a particular adrenal gland tumor called pheochromocytoma.
In this tumor, adrenal glands produce excessive catecholamines (adrenaline, noradrenaline and metanephrines). Clonidine lower blood levels of catecholamines but if a tumor is present, catecholamine levels do not decrease when Clonidine is given. Best site to learn about this is medlineplus.Gov.

In brief: Adrenal Tumor test

Clonidine suppression test is used to diagnose a particular adrenal gland tumor called pheochromocytoma.
In this tumor, adrenal glands produce excessive catecholamines (adrenaline, noradrenaline and metanephrines). Clonidine lower blood levels of catecholamines but if a tumor is present, catecholamine levels do not decrease when Clonidine is given. Best site to learn about this is medlineplus.Gov.
Dr. Adarsh Gupta
Dr. Adarsh Gupta
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