Adrenal Corticotropin

Abbrev Code:ACTH   
Order Code:LAB518Order Name:Adrenal Corticotropin
Synonyms:ACTH; Adrenocorticotropic Hormone; Corticotropin
Methodology:Chemiluminescent immunoassay
CPT Codes: 82024 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri; results reported same day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Purple (EDTA) on ICE
Collection Instructions:Collect sample in a pre-chilled purple (EDTA) tube on ice.
Causes for Rejection:Sample not frozen when received. Sample not separated from cells and frozen within 2 hours of collection.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Keep specimen on ice. Centrifuge immediately (at refrigerated temperature if possible).Plasma must be separated from cells within 2 hours of collection. Aliquot 0.5 mL, 0.15 mL minimum and freeze immediately. Store in freezer.
Shipping Instructions:Ship on dry ice.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab UM Specialty Core/Prot/Endo (Immulite H) 


Reference Range:All ages: Up to 47 pg/mL
The Immulite 2000 Adrenal Corticotropin method is used. Results obtained with different assay methods or kits cannot be used interchangeably.
  1. Adrenal gland function (hyper or hypo) based on normal pituitary function.
  2. Pituitary hypersecretion of ACTH.

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