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Hello. Sorry to hear that Jessica is going through so much. I wish there were more people around to answer questions.

I don't know for sure, but I think if cortisol rises during the ACTH stim test, then the adrenal glands are functioning, but the pituitary gland is not working properly. ACTH is a hormone made by the pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal glands to make cortisol, so if the pituitary gland is not making ACTH, then the adrenal glands can't make cortisol. I don't *think* the anesthesia could have affected the test, but I don't know that for sure.

If you google secondary adrenal insufficiency you should be able to find out more. I hope they get to the bottom of Jessica's issues! Best wishes!

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