Corticotropin-releasing hormone stimulation test
- Lynnette K Nieman, MD
Lynnette K Nieman, MD
- Section Editor — Adrenal Disease
- Senior Investigator
- Bethesda, MD
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is a 41-amino acid peptide that is the major physiologic corticotropin (ACTH) secretagogue . There is considerable sequence homology of CRH among species, particularly in the amino-terminal region, which is required for biologic activity. As a result, both ovine and human sequences are used in endocrine testing to:
●Evaluate the cause of ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome (with or without vasopressin analogs).
●Discriminate between pseudo-Cushing's and Cushing's syndrome.
●Discriminate between pituitary or hypothalamic localization of central adrenal insufficiency.
●To assess ACTH suppression in patients suspected of primary adrenal mild Cushing's syndrome when basal ACTH levels are incompletely suppressed between 5 and 15 pg/mL [1.1 to 3.3 pmol/L]. (See "Cushing's syndrome due to primary bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia".)
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- CORTICOTROPIN-RELEASING HORMONE STIMULATION TEST
- Normal values
- CRH PLUS ARGININE VASOPRESSIN OR DESMOPRESSIN
- DIAGNOSIS OF THE CAUSE OF CUSHING'S SYNDROME
- CRH stimulation test
- CRH plus arginine vasopressin stimulation test
- CRH plus desmopressin stimulation test
- Caveats to the use of CRH, AVP or desmopressin in Cushing's syndrome
- CRH AFTER TRANSSPHENOIDAL SURGERY TO PREDICT RECURRENCE
- CRH AFTER LOW-DOSE DEXAMETHASONE TEST
- ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY