The nurse is administering an adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation test to a patient suspected of having Addison's disease. Which of the following is true regarding the ACTH stimulation test?


• First, cortisol and ACTH levels are drawn at baseline. Next, the nurse administers synthetic ACTH, IV. Finally, cortisol and ACTH levels should be drawn at 30 minutes and 60 minutes after ACTH administration.

•The adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation test is used to assess the adrenal gland's response to stress. This is used to help diagnose or exclude Addison's disease and adrenal insufficiency.

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