Days test started:
Specimen Type/Volume1) 0.5 mL plasma (preferred) or 2) 0.5 mL serum.
Shipping InformationShip in insulated container with freezer packs.
Collection Protocol1) Collect blood into a purple-top blood collection tube, separate plasma and then transfer into a plain tube, containing no additives, freeze. * post-sample time must be included when submitting sample. 2) Collect blood into a red-top tube. Serum samples are acceptable alternatives if centrifuged and separated shortly after clotting.
This test is sent to an external laboratory. PROTOCOLS: Obtain a pre-sample and then follow one of these 3 protocols: 1. (Preferred) CORTOSYN-BY-BODY- WEIGHT PROTOCOL: Inject 5 to 10 ug/kg Cortrosyn IV. Take post-sample at 1 h. 2. GEL PROTOCOL: Inject 1 IU/lb (1 USP/lb) ACTH Gel IM (ACTHAR or other gel product.) Take post-samples at 1 h and 2 h. 3. CORTROSYN-ONE-DOSE -FITS-ALL PROTOCOL: Inject Cortrosyn (co-syntropin; ORGANON) for dogs >10 lbs 1 vial 0.25 mg (250 ug) per dog IV; or for dogs <10 lbs or any size cat 0.125 mg per animal IV. Take post-sample at 1 hour. Shipping (test code: xtrnu) and handling (test code: xhand) fees are also applicable on each submission. External test price is subject to change.