The cortisone test measures the cortisone blood level.
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Cortisone Blood Test - More Information
The cortisone test, also known as a cortisone lab test, measures the cortisone blood level.
Cortisone is a steroid hormone which, along with cortisol, is produced by the adrenal glands to enable the stress response in humans. Like cortisol, cortisone production is increased by ACTH stimulation of the adrenal glands and ACTH testing is sometimes performed at the same time as this cortisone lab test. Cortisone decreases inflammation by blocking the release of inflammatory agents from the immune system. While helpful in mitigating pain in the short run, chronically elevated cortisone levels can lead to significant side effects such as diabetes, anxiety and mood disorders.
To get a cortisone test near you at a Quest Diagnostics lab, just order online and get your blood drawn at the selected location. Once the cortisone lab results are ready, they will be available for download. The cortisone blood level is reported as a numerical value and can be compared against the reference range provided by the lab. It is generally recommended that one gets a cortisone blood test after an overnight fast (8-12 hours). Please note that this cortisone blood test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This cortisone assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.
Given their relationship to one another, cortisone testing is sometimes performed along with cortisol testing for a better understanding of body's current stress response status.
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