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Were your ACTH and renin done in chilled, lavendar-toped tubes, spun immediately (while you were there) or plopped in a bin? If not, then those results are, well, not accurate. ACTH and renin degrade at room temp in mere minutes so if not handled well and frozen promptly, that is perhaps why your ACTH was so low.

Is your blood pressure high or low? That will tell you if the renin is accurate or not. (High renin is low BP if I get it right, I get confused - if someone else chimes in and knows better, that is fine)

Now, your cortisol is getting to the high side for an 8am draw... You should get that checked again as that may start to look like Cushing's. I had Cushing's with all normal ACTH readings and mine was pituitary against all the normal stuff.

Your doc was running some pretty good stuff... but I think the lab techs messed it up - run it again and watch them like a hawk... ice ice ice. 8am it super important as is fasting.

Primary hyperaldosteronism (Conn’s syndrome)
High Aldosterone
Normal Cortisol
Low Renin

Secondary hyperaldosteronism
High Aldosterone
Normal Cortisol
High Renin

Cushing’s syndrome
Low-normal Aldosterone
High Cortisol
Low Renin

Adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease)
Low Aldosterone
Low Cortisol
High Renin

Pituitary disease
Normal Aldosterone
Low Cortisol
Normal Renin





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