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How does the adrenocorticotropic hormone work?

ACTH. Acth is a hormone that works on a feedback system. It controls the release of cortisol, aldosterone and the adrenal steroids. It is released by the anterior pituitary to tell the adrenal glands to release the aldosterone and cortisol. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: adrenocorticotropic hormone?

ACTH. It is one of several pituitary hormones - acth for short (the others control the thyroid gland, gonad glands, and others) that controls adrenal gland function in primarily making the hormone called cortisol (not to be confused with "adrenaline"), though the adrenal gland also makes several other hormones. Read more...

What tissue does adrenocorticotropic hormone target and what are the effects?

ACTH. This hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulates cortisol release by the adrenal gland. The effects are dependent on levels. In normal amounts, cortisol helps the body overcome stress. In excessive amounts, elevated cortisol leads to cushings disease. This causes excessive weight gain, purplish skin stretch marks, high blood pressure and diabetes. Read more...

I am currently on hydrocortisone & fludrocortisone for addisons disease. When the dr runs a blood test for Adrenocorticotropic Hormone level & it comes back normal is that because I am on oral steroids?

Yes. The pituitary gland usually governs how much cortisone should be produced to meet the body's needs via a hormone called ACTH. More ACTH is released to tell the adrenal to produce more when the cortisone level is low and vice versa. When the cortisone level is adequate , the body would produce only the normal amount of ACTH. Read more...