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Dexamethasone Suppression

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Specimen Requirements To monitor this drug, serum pre and post cortisol is performed. Refer to Cortisol for collection requirements.
Specimen Handling

For Oral Dexamethasone Suppression test:

Day 1:
Collect a base level cortisol sometime during the day.  Note time of collection on the tube.
At 23:00 (11:00 p.m.) the same evening, the patient takes 1 mg Dexamethasone orally, which is provided by the physician.

Day 2:
At 08:00 to 10:00 the next day collect specimen for a.m. cortisol.
At 8 hours later on the same day, collect specimen for p.m. cortisol.

Note time of collection on each tube.

Additional Information  
Testing Location Chemistry-DSC
Testing Frequency
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Reference Interval