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.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
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.
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You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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