This is an important test to help diagnose Cushing's disease, Addison's disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Venous blood
1 tests included
5 days turnaround



About Acth

What is adrenocorticotropic hormone?

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. ACTH is released into the bloodstream where it travels to the adrenal glands to stimulate the release of cortisol.

Hormones are chemical messengers used by the body to respond to internal and external influences. The activity of hormones must be finely regulated to produce the desired physiological effect. This regulation is typically coordinated by complex interactions between several different hormones. Both excessive production and a deficiency in the production of steroid hormones can cause ill health. 

The most common disorders associated with ACTH are a result of abnormal cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol levels are associated with Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. 

Why take the test?

This test measures the level of ACTH in the blood and can be used to help diagnose Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. 

What's tested


How it works



Purchase your Kit

Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.



Take your test and post

Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.



Get results directly to your dashboard

You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.