Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
0070010
Ordering Recommendation

Aids in the diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency and determining the presence of anterior pituitary tumors.

Mnemonic
ACTH
Methodology
Quantitative Electrochemiluminescent Immunoassay (ECLIA)
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 24 hours
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Lavender (K2EDTA) or Pink (K2EDTA). Collection tube must be siliconized glass or plastic. 
Specimen Preparation
Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube and freeze immediately. (Min: 0.5 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
CRITICAL FROZEN. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Serum, heparinized plasma, tissue or urine. Grossly hemolyzed specimens. 
Remarks
 
Stability
After separation from cells: Ambient: 3 hours; Refrigerated: 4 hours; Frozen: 1 month (No freeze/thaw cycles.) 
Reference Interval
Effective August 5, 2019
7.2 - 63.3 pg/mL (a.m. draws)
Pediatric reference values are the same as adults, as confirmed by peer reviewed literature.
Interpretive Data
Some types of synthetic ACTH are not detected by this assay.

Note
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Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0070010Adrenocorticotropic Hormone2141-0
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Aliases
  • ACTH
  • Adrenal Corticotropin Hormone
  • Corticotropin
  • Cortrosyn
  • Cosyntropin