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High cortisol levels on 2 blood tests? Why?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Adrenal or Pituitary

Excessive production of cortisol may result from a tumor in pituitary producing a hormone that stimulates the adrenal gland.
Lesions in the adrenal gland, hyperplasia, adenoma, carcinoma, may also cause increase in cortisol levels. You need to consult your doctor and/or an endocrinologist.

In brief: Adrenal or Pituitary

Excessive production of cortisol may result from a tumor in pituitary producing a hormone that stimulates the adrenal gland.
Lesions in the adrenal gland, hyperplasia, adenoma, carcinoma, may also cause increase in cortisol levels. You need to consult your doctor and/or an endocrinologist.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Thank
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