Urinary 17-Hydroxycorticosteroids

This is a urine test, which determines the level of steroids in the urine. These elevated levels are seen when the adrenal glands over produce hormones. This causes Cushing's syndrome and also can be caused by stomach or adrenal tumors or other tumors, which may produce this hormone.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

Some specified medications are usually withheld several days prior to the urine collection. Check with your caregiver to determine if this applies to you. Your caregiver will instruct you on how to collect and store your urine specimen.

NORMAL FINDINGS

  • Adults:

  • Male: 3-10 mg/24 hr or 8.3-27.6 μmol/day (SI units)

  • Female: 2-8 mg/24 hr or 5.2-22.1ìmol/day (SI units)

  • Elderly: values slightly lower than adult

  • Children:

  • Less than 8 years: less than 1.5 mg/24 hr

  • 8-12 years: less than 4.5 mg/24 hr

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.