Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time. Fasting is not required.
Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
This blood test is used to measure Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) levels. ACTH levels are measured to help identify and monitor health conditions related to excessive or deficient cortisol in the body. Adrenocorticotropic hormone is one of four major adrenal cortical hormones and is produced by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. Adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulates the secretion of cortisone and aldosterone. Cholesterol is required for the production of all adrenal cortical hormones. Testosterone, estrogen, cortisol and aldosterone are all adrenal cortical