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ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone)

Name ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone)
Categories endocrinology
Specimen requirements 1 ml of EDTA plasma
Collection instructions We recommend filling an extra tube when sampling.
Procedure remarks circadian rhythm, sampling in the morning, rapid centrifugation, increased with stress, pregnancy, menstruation, freeze plasma immediately
Storage and transport deep-frozen transport and storage
Clinical utility Adrenal function (Addison's disease, Cushing's disease)ectopic ACTH production (e.g. lung cancer)
Methodology ECLIA
Reference ranges 7.2-63 ng/L
Notes and interpretation elevated, e.g. in case of primary adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease)
depressed, e.g. in case of Cushing's disease
NB: also elevated during pregnancy, menstruation, stress
Remarks Testing currently takes place in a contract laboratory