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Adrenal Testing

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)

Price: $55.99

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland. This test provides a differential diagnosis of Cushing syndrome, ectopic ACTH syndrome, Addison disease, hypopituitarism, and ACTH-producing pituitary tumors.

A significant deviation from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.


Includes: Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)


Patient Instructions: ACTH should be drawn between 7 AM and 10 AM.
   

Cortisol, AM

Price: $50.49

Cortisol is the major adrenal glucocorticoid steroid hormone, and is normally under feedback control by pituitary ACTH and the hypothalamus.
Causes of low cortisol include pituitary destruction or failure, with resultant loss of ACTH to stimulate the adrenal, and metabolic errors or destruction of the adrenal gland itself (adrenogenital syndromes, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis). The diagnosis of hypoadrenalism generally requires confirmation with ACTH stimulation, due to the circadian rhythms of cortisol and other factors. Causes of increased cortisol, which may present initially simply as loss of normal diurnal variation, include pituitary overproduction of ACTH, production of ACTH by a tumor (notably oat cell cancers), and adrenal adenomas.
A significant deviation from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.


Includes: Cortisol, AM


Patient Instructions: Specimen must be collected during the morning hours, before 10:00 AM. This test may exhibit interference when sample is collected from a person who is consuming a supplement with a high dose of biotin (also termed as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H or coenzyme R). It is recommended to stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of specimen.
   

Cortisol, Serum

Price: $55.99

The Cortisol test is primarily used to aid in the diagnosis of adrenal disorders, such as Addison's disease and Cushing's disease. A significant deviation from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.


Includes: Cortisol, serum.


Patient Instructions: This test may exhibit interference when sample is collected from a person who is consuming a supplement with a high dose of biotin (also termed as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H or coenzyme R). It is recommended to stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of specimen.
   

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Sulfate

Price: $74.99

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is an important hormone produced in the adrenal glands. Appropriate levels of DHEA are associated with increased energy, healthy immune system, heart health, good memory and elevated mood.

Work up women with infertility, amenorrhea, or hirsutism to identify the source of excessive androgen; aid in the evaluation of androgen excess (hirsutism and/or virilization), including Stein-Leventhal syndrome and adrenocortical diseases, including congenital adrenal hyperplasia and adrenal tumor. DHEA-S is not increased with hypopituitarism. It is low in Addison disease. DHEA levels reach their peak in the early morning hours. DHEAS levels show no variation. Measurement of DHEAS is preferable to DHEA, as levels are more stable.

A significant deviation from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.


Includes: This test is also known as:
DHEA-S ; DHEA-SO4 ; DHEA Sulfate


Patient Instructions:
   


What is an Adrenal Test?

Adrenal tests are given to measure the level of hormones created by the adrenal and pituitary glands. Cortisol levels in particular rise when a patient’s pituitary gland releases another hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone, otherwise known as ACTH. These hormones perform many functions, including keeping a person’s glucose (sugar) and fat regulated in order for it to be used for energy (metabolism), and also helping an individual’s physiology to manage stress. These hormone levels can be affected by numerous conditions, including physical and emotional stress, strenuous exercise or other activities, infections, or injuries.

Who May Need an Adrenal Test?

Adrenal tests are typically performed for patients who are exhibiting issues with their pituitary or adrenal glands, such as making too much or too little of the related hormones for instance. Patients who have had problems with bone growth, blood pressure, the function of their immune system, metabolizing of necessary nutrients, nervous system function, and stress response are likely to have this test prescribed by their physician. Also, patients known to have Cushing Syndrome or Addison Disease will likely receive Adrenal tests on a semi-regular basis.

What Should I Expect from My Adrenal Test?

Adrenal tests begin by drawing a sample of blood from a patient in order for it to be analyzed by a medical laboratory. Patients are commonly asked to avoid strenuous physical activity prior to taking the test, and may even be asked to lie down 30 minutes before their blood is taken. There are also a number of medications which could affect the results of the test, such as steroids, so it’s important to speak with your physician about what medications you are currently taking preceding your test. Though there is a reference range for results common among Adrenal tests, some labs may have different ranges for you and your physician. Speak to your doctor regarding your results to get more information on how your results concern to you and your health specifically.

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