Who is a candidate for the test?
- adrenal gland, such as a tumor or other factor that keeps the gland from working correctly
- pituitary gland
How is the test performed?
What is involved in preparation for the test?
What do the test results mean?
- 11-deoxycortisol, which is an chemical that the body turns into the hormone cortisol, rises to more than 7 micrograms per deciliter of blood (mcg/dl)
- cortisol is increased to less than 10 mcg/dl
ACTHlevel is higher after metyrapone stimulation than before
- No rise in the ACTH level may mean that the pituitary gland is not working normally. This is called
- A great rise in 11-deoxycortisol is a sign of excessive tissue growth in the adrenal gland, known as adrenal hyperplasia
Cushing's syndrome, a disorder caused by an overactive adrenal gland
- adrenal adenoma, a non-malignant tumor in the adrenal gland
cancer, especially adrenal or lung cancer
Tabers Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, F.A.Davis, 1993
Illustrated Guide to Diagnostic Tests, Springhouse, 1998 / Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and laboratory Tests, Kathleen Pagana and Timothy Pagana, 1998