AdrenoCorticoTropic Hormone

Code

0120

Principle

Adrenocorticotropic hormone or corticotrophin (ACTH) is a 39 amino acid polypeptide secreted by the anterior pituitary gland (1, 2). It stimulates the adrenal cortex to secrete glucocorticoids like cortisol and exerts some control over secretion of aldosterone, the other major steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal cortex.

Preanalytical

1 mL EDTA Plasma Frozen

Turn Around Time

2 days

Methodology

Chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA)

Limitations

Bacterial contamination or heat inactivation of the specimens may affect the test results. A non-pathological result does not always rule out the presence of adrenal dysfunction and should be interpreted together with other diagnostic procedures.