Item Value
Test name Adrenocorticotropic hormone
Available Stat? No
Turn around times 1-8 days.
In House Availability Wednesday (day shift)
Performed by China Basin Chemistry
Normal range
<3 years Not established
3-17 years 9-57 ng/L
≥18 years 6-50 ng/L


Reference ranges adopted from Quest Diagnostics as determined in adult and pediatric groups using the same methodology (Siemens Immulite 2000 chemiluminescent assay). The Quest adult reference range was verified by in house testing of 10 male and 23 female lab volunteers. Owing to circadian variation in ACTH levels, the reference ranges are only applicable to samples collected between 0700 and 1000 hours.
Container type Lavender top (on ice)
Amount to Collect 3 mL blood
Collection Instructions Draw specimen between 0700 and 1000 hours if possible. If drawn at other times reference ranges do not apply.

Sample must be collected in pre-chilled vacutainer and delivered immediately to laboratory on ice.
Sample type EDTA plasma

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