What is Acth?

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), also known as corticotrophin, is produced and secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. It is an important component of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and is often produced in response to biological stress. ACTH is also related to the circadian rhythm in many organisms.

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Can I do acth and cortisol blood test when I am pregnat? And if there is a problem in any of them can it be treated while I am...

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Blood tests for serum ACTH and cortisol levels can be performed in pregnancy and interpreted just as they would...

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I'm a 31-year-old female, 5'3" , 158 lbs suffering from recurring symptoms for 10 months: abdominal pain (upper right quadrant underneath rib...

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I can understand that you have varied abdominal symptoms and had been extensively evaluated to find a cause,...

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I would like help understanding my labs. I have been very fatigued with headaches and lightheadedness. I also experience hypoglycemia. My B/P can...

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Yes you are absolutely right in understanding the need to see an endocrinologist, in order to comprehensively assess these complex hormone test...

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