Cortisol, Serum or Plasma
0070030
Ordering Recommendation
 
Mnemonic
CORTISOL
Methodology
Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 24 hours  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Serum separator tube or plasma separator tube. Also acceptable: Green (sodium or lithium heparin).  
Specimen Preparation
Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature.  Separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.6 mL)  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Saliva (refer to Cortisol, Saliva, ARUP test code 0080117).  
Remarks
  
Stability
After separation from cells: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 3 months  
Reference Interval
   
Interpretive Data
0800 hours: 6-23 µg/dL
2000 hours: 0-9 µg/dL
8 hours post 1 mg dexamethasone given at midnight: 0-5 µg/dL
30-60 minutes post 25 units Cosyntropin I.V.:>20 µg/dL  
Note
To convert to nmol/L, multiply µg/dL by 27.6.
CPT Code(s)
82533
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0070030Cortisol, Serum or Plasma
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Aliases
  • Compound F
  • Corticosteroids
  • Cortisol
  • Cortisol, Serum
  • Cortrosyn Stimulation Test
  • Dexamethasone Suppression
  • Diurnal Corticoids