Addison's Disease tests
Addison's Disease

Tests could include:

  • A potassium test is used to measure the amount of potassium in your blood. Potassium helps to move waste out of cells and nutrients into cells. This electrolyte is essential to proper muscle and nerve function. Even minor increases or decreases in...
  • An aldosterone (ALD) test measures the amount of ALD in your blood. It is also called an aldosterone serum test. ALD is a hormone made by the adrenal glands. It affects blood pressure. It also regulates sodium (salt) and potassium in the blood. Th...
  • A 24-hour urinary aldosterone excretion rate test measures the level of aldosterone that passes through your urine in a 24-hour period. It is an indirect measurement of the level of aldosterone in your blood. Aldosterone is a steroid hormone excre...
  • ACTH is a hormone produced in the anterior (front) pituitary gland in the brain. The function of ACTH in the body is to regulate levels of the steroid hormone cortisol, released from the adrenal gland. ACTH is also known as adrenocorticotropic hor...
  • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a noninvasive test that uses magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of your body. It allows doctors to see details of your organs and tissues without having to make any incisions. Accordin...
  • A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues for damage or abnormalities. Often, these images can be combined to create a 3D pict...
  • Your pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland located at the base of your brain, produces many types of hormones, including the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH stimulates the adrenal glands, which sit atop the kidneys, to release two hormones, ...
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