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Alternate Names : Serum Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

ACTH Test | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

Healthy levels of ACTH in the blood may range from 0 to 100 pg/mL (picograms per milliliter).

High levels of ACTH may be caused by:

  • a slowdown in functioning of the adrenal glands, such as Addison disease
  • pituitary gland tumor, which is an abnormal growth in the pituitary gland
  • other tumors that produce excess ACTH
  • Low levels of ACTH can be caused by:

  • excess production of cortisol by the adrenal glands, which occurs in conditions such as Cushing syndrome
  • certain tumors of the adrenal gland
  • various diseases of the pituitary gland

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    ACTH Test: Preparation & Expectations


    Author: David T. Moran, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 09/20/01

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