When is this performed?

  • When diseases such as Addison`s disease, glucocorticoid deficiency, hypopituitarism are suspected.

What does the test involve?

  • The administration of a drug (Tetracosactrin) and the taking of blood samples to measure cortisol and ACTH levels.

Are there any side-effects?

  • Usually none

How long does the test take and is admission to hospital required?

  • The test takes about 1 hour and does not usually require admission

What should you tell your doctor?

  • If you are taking steroid medication by any route: oral, topical, inhaled, injection
  • Your allergies

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