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Cortisol Blood Test, PM

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The Cortisol Blood Test, PM measures cortisol levels in the afternoon to check adrenal gland function and diagnose conditions related to hormone levels.

LabCorp

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Test Code:

104026

CPT Code(s):

82533

Methodology:

Electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA)

Specimen:

Blood

Preparation:

No fasting is required. Blood to be drawn late afternoon. Patients should stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection.

Test Results:

1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

Walk-In Lab is prohibited from selling LabCorp tests to residents in the following states:NY, NJ, RI, MA, MD

Quest

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Test Code:

4213

CPT Code(s):

82533

Methodology:

Immunoassay (IA)

Specimen:

Blood

Preparation:

No fasting is required. Blood to be drawn late afternoon. Patients should stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection.

Test Results:

1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

Walk-In Lab is prohibited from selling Quest tests to residents in the following states:AZ, NY, NJ, RI


What is the purpose of this test?

The Cortisol Blood Test, PM, measures the level of cortisol in your blood in the afternoon or evening. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that helps regulate many body functions, including metabolism, immune response, and stress. This test specifically checks cortisol levels later in the day, as they naturally decrease from morning to evening.

Doctors use the Cortisol Blood Test, PM, to assess how well your adrenal glands are functioning and to diagnose conditions related to cortisol levels, such as Cushing's syndrome or Addison's disease. It can also help monitor treatment effectiveness in patients with these conditions. Additionally, this test may be used to investigate symptoms like chronic fatigue, weight gain or loss, and mood disorders, which can be linked to abnormal cortisol levels in the afternoon or evening. Understanding cortisol levels in the afternoon provides important insights into your overall hormonal balance and health.

Who should get this test?

A Cortisol Blood Test, PM can benefit individuals who need to assess their cortisol levels in the afternoon or evening. Here are the groups of people who would benefit from this test:

  • People with suspected adrenal gland disorders: Helps diagnose conditions like Cushing's syndrome or Addison's disease.
  • People experiencing chronic fatigue: Assists in evaluating if abnormal cortisol levels are contributing to persistent tiredness.
  • People with mood disorders: Helps determine if cortisol imbalance is linked to conditions like depression or anxiety.
  • People with sleep disorders: Assists in investigating if cortisol levels are affecting sleep patterns.
  • People undergoing treatment affecting cortisol levels: Helps monitor the impact of medications or therapies on cortisol production.

These individuals can benefit from a Cortisol Blood Test, PM, to understand their cortisol levels later in the day, providing insights into hormone balance and guiding appropriate medical care.

When should I order this test?

An individual should consider ordering a Cortisol Blood Test, PM, when they experience symptoms that might be related to abnormal cortisol levels. Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sleep problems
  • Slow healing

If you have these symptoms, it might be helpful to talk to your doctor about getting a Cortisol Blood Test, PM, to check your cortisol levels in the afternoon or evening.

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