About the parameter
Cortisol is a hormone known as a glucocorticoid that affects the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, but especially glucose.
Pituitary dependent hypercortisolism, more commonly known as Cushing‘s disease, is caused by a pituitary tumour (non-cancerous) that triggers excessive levels of the stress hormone cortisol. When functioning normally, the pituitary, a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain, produces adrenocorticotropic hormone, or ACTH, which stimulates the adrenal glands near the kidneys to produce cortisol. A small percentage of dogs with Cushing’s disease have a tumour of one of the adrenal glands which may or may not be cancerous. This form of Cushing’s is called adrenal dependent Cushing’s and results from a direct increase in cortisol production by the adrenal gland tumour.
The overproduction of cortisol causes symptoms such as hair loss, pot-bellied appearance, increased appetite, and increased drinking and urination called polydipsia and polyuria. Addison’s disease (underproduction of cortisol) occurs less commonly than the Cushing’s disease in dogs.
This is a homogenous, immunoturbidimetric test.
A sample of 40 µl serum is needed.
The test duration is under 8 minutes.
0.8 – 24.0 µg/dl
More details can be found in the package insert.
Please note: All package inserts provided on this website are intended for information purposes only! Always process all tests, controls and calibrators strictly according to the package insert provided with the kit.
Find the evaluation study for the Eurolyser Cortisol assay here: Eurolyser Cortisol test evaluation
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