11 deoxycorticosterone

This is an important test to help diagnose steroid synthesis disorders.

Venous blood
1 tests included
14 days turnaround



About 11 deoxycorticosterone

What is 11-deoxycorticosterone?

11-Deoxycorticosterone (also known as desoxycorticosterone or 21-hydroxyprogesterone) is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is an important precursor for mineralocorticoids, such as aldosterone, which regulate the balance of water and minerals in the body. 

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. 

Excess levels of mineralocorticoids may cause sodium retention, swelling, and high blood pressure, whereas low levels may result in low blood pressure and high potassium.

Disorders related to mineralocorticoids include hyperaldosteronism, hypoaldosteronism and 11-hydroxylase deficiency.

Why take the test?

This test measures the level of 11-deoxycorticosterone in the blood and can be used to help diagnose steroid synthesis disorders.

What's tested

11 Deoxycorticosterone

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.



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.