Cortisol Test

A cortisol test is used to help diagnose disorders of the adrenal gland.

What is a Cortisol Test ?

A cortisol level test uses a blood sample to measure the level of cortisol present in your blood.Cortisol is a steroid hormone released by the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys. A cortisol level test may also be called a serum cortisol test.

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose Cushing syndrome or primary or secondary adrenal insufficiency (Addison disease); to detect conditions affecting the pituitary or adrenal glands.

When To Get Tested?

When your healthcare provider suspects excess or deficient cortisol production.

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or a random or 24-hour urine sample; sometimes a saliva sample may be used.

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What is it used for?

A cortisol test is used to help diagnose disorders of the adrenal gland. These include Cushing's syndrome, a condition that causes your body to make too much cortisol, and Addison disease, a condition in which your body doesn't make enough cortisol.

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