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ID:360 Synacthen Test
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DescriptionA test of adrenal function which uses synthetic ACTH to dynamically stimulate cortisol production.
IndicationInvestigation of adrenocorticol function.
Additional InfoAn abnormal response may be due to either primary or secondary adrenal failure. The test can be done at any time of the day but ideally in the morning due to the diurnal variation in cortisol. ACTH, pituitary function tests and clinical findings may help in the diagnosis.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna
InterpretationA rise in cortisol of at least 200 nmol/L to above 600 nmol/L makes adrenal insufficiancy unlikely.

DepartmentBiochemistry
SampleBlood
TubeSerum Gel
Tube Picture
Collection ConditionsProtocol can be obtained from the laboratory and from the Pathology intranet site.
Min. Vol1 mL
Freq.Weekdays

Ref. Range (Male)
Ref. Range (Female)
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range NotesA rise in cortisol of at least 200 nmol/L to above 600 nmol/L makes adrenocortical insufficiency unlikely.
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
IP Routine TAT3 hours
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TAT- Contact Laboratory
Turnround CommentNA

Originally edited by : . Review due on 17/01/2013 16:46:29. Published By RB on 17/01/2012 16:46:29.