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Adrenocorticotrophic hormone

About This Test

Department: Biochemistry


EDTA (purple top)

Dedicated sample required

Add-on requests are not possible for this test


Turnaround Time:

2 weeks


Evaluation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

Samples must be received by the laboratory within 1 hour of venesection

For failed synacthen tests, ACTH can help differentiate primary adrenal insufficiency from pituitary disease.

In cases of non-suppression of cortisol post-dexamethasone, ACTH can help differentiate Cushing's due to adrenal cortisol secretion from pituitary or ectopic cause.

Other Comments:

For more information, please see the following: ACTH - Lab Tests Online

See also: Cortisol