Adrenal Corticotropin

Sunquest Code:ACTH  
Epic Code:LAB518Epic Name:Adrenal Corticotropin
Synonyms:ACTH; Adrenocorticotropic Hormone; Corticotropin
Methodology:Chemiluminescent immunoassay
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 Endocrine  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:Up to 47 pg/mL; pediatric reference values are the same as those for adults.
  1. Adrenal gland function (hyper or hypo) based on normal pituitary function.
  2. Pituitary hypersecretion of ACTH.

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