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Short ACTH Test in the Diagnosis of Adrenal Hyperplasia Associated with 21-Hydroxylase Deficiency

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Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dermatology
Clinical Laboratory

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Description:

The short ACTH stimulation test is used to evaluate patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to biosynthetic defects. This is primarily a screening test and cannot exclude people with heterozygous defects in biosynthesis. Cosyntropin is a synthetic ACTH analogue with activity very similar to native ACTH.

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