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What is a cortisol swab test used for?

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Michael Erickson
General Practice
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Michael Erickson
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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
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In brief: Hormone Testing

It tests for cortisol levels in the saliva.
Cortisol levels are effected by diseases such as cushing's, addison's, or other pituitary or adrenal insufficiency. If these are abnormal, a physician will do other tests to confirm the etiology of the cortisol level discrepancy. The swab test is considered experimental and investigational. It may not be covered by insurance.

In brief: Hormone Testing

It tests for cortisol levels in the saliva.
Cortisol levels are effected by diseases such as cushing's, addison's, or other pituitary or adrenal insufficiency. If these are abnormal, a physician will do other tests to confirm the etiology of the cortisol level discrepancy. The swab test is considered experimental and investigational. It may not be covered by insurance.
Dr. James Eitner
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