ACTH-Adreno Corticotrophic Hormone test
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The symptoms of high cortisol level:
obesity with a rounded face
fragile and thin skin
purple lines on the abdomen
increased amount of body hair
high blood pressure
low potassium level
high bicarbonate level
high glucose levels leading to diabetes.
The symptoms of low cortisol include:
gradual weight loss
increased skin pigmentation in those areas not exposed to the sun
loss of your appetite
low blood pressure
low blood glucose levels
Adreno Corticotrophic Hormone is a type of hormone that stimulates the production of Cortisol. In general, Adreno Corticotrophic Hormone levels raises when cortisol is low and falls when cortisol is increased.
Conditions affecting the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands can intervene in regulating cortisol production. It helps to know how much of the hormones the glands produce with increasing or decreasing of cortisol.
Cushing’s disease is an ectopic tumor. It produces ACTH adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare Nelson’s syndrome.
The low level of ACTH may be a sign of:
exogenous Cushing’s syndrome
The treatment for Addison's disease involves the hormone replacement therapy to correct the levels of steroid hormones your body isn't producing.
Some options for treatment include:
Oral corticosteroids are:
prednisone or cortisone acetate are used to replace cortisol.
Your doctor may prescribe fludrocortisone to replace aldosterone.
If your ill and facing frequent vomiting, instead of oral medications you will be prescribed for injections.
Test Method 1 : A small amount of blood will be collected through a small needle by pricking in your vein of the arm. And collects the blood sample in a small tube and gets transferred to the lab.
Report available: The normal turn around time for the test is 24 hours.
Individuals who are likely experiencing the symptoms of Cushing disease should go for this test.