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ACTH

Alternative Names:AdrenoCorticoTrophic Hormone
Laboratory:Clinical Biochemistry
Test Code:ACTH
Specimen Types:Plasma
Container Types:
EDTA 3 mL
Collection & Request Instructions:Collect on Ice

Collect in the morning between 8—10 am.

Consultation with Endocrinologist suggested.

Retrospective testing not possible.

Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:On Ice
Send to lab immediately
Additional Notes:

Method used is Roche Elecsys (ECLIA).

Reference Range:  5—60 ng/L

Note: Biotin supplementation may cause falsely low results due to interference with the ACTH assay. If the patient is known to be taking Biotin, interpret results with caution and contact the Chemical Pathologist (03) 90763118 if further discussion is required.