What is the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) test?
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is a hormone that is produced in the pituitary gland (located below the brain within the skull) to stimulate the secretion of the hormone cortisol by the adrenal glands (small organs found at the top of each kidney). Stress can stimulate the release of ACTH. Cortisol is important for regulating glucose, protein, lipid metabolism, suppressing the immune response, and maintaining blood pressure. Normally, the ACTH concentration increases when cortisol is low and falls when cortisol is high.
When is the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) test recommended?
It is recommended in:
People with insufficient cortisol production who might exhibit symptoms such as muscle weakness, fatigue, weight loss, increased skin pigmentation, even in areas not exposed to the sun, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and salt cravings.
Findings suggestive of hypopituitarism (usually due to a benign tumor that reduces pituitary gland secretion) include loss of appetite, tiredness, irregular menstrual cycle, hypogonadism (lower levels of sex hormones), decreased sex drive, frequent urination at night, and weight loss.
What does it measure?
The Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) test:
Analyzes if you are found to have low cortisol or have signs that suggest adrenal or pituitary disease.
An increased ACTH concentration in the blood can mean that the patient has Cushing's disease, Addison's disease, or an ectopic ACTH-producing tumor. A decreased ACTH result can suggest an adrenal tumor that is making cortisol or hypopituitarism.
Measuring both ACTH and cortisol can help to differentiate some of these conditions because the level of ACTH normally changes in the opposite direction to the level of cortisol.
How long will the reports take?
You will get the reports within 36 hours after the collection of the blood sample.
What is the cost of the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) test in Bangalore?
The cost of the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone test in Bangalore is Rs.1300.
How often should I get tested for the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) test?
The Adrenocorticotropic Hormone test is prescribed by your doctor after completing the assessment of your condition.
What are the normal values for the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) test?
10 - 60 pg/mL
What is the type of sample required?
This test requires a blood sample.
What time should I get the test done?
This test can be taken at any time during the day.
Is fasting required for an Adrenocorticotropic Hormone test?
Fasting is not required for this test.
Any other precautions to be taken before getting myself tested for an Adrenocorticotropic Hormone test?
There are no specific precautions for this test.
How can I book an Adrenocorticotropic Hormone test in Bangalore?
Log into www.orangehealth.in and submit your details. Our highly trained, professional, and vaccinated eMedics will be at your doorstep within 60 minutes or at the time slot booked by you.
Why should I book an Adrenocorticotropic Hormone test with Orange Health in Bangalore?
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