What is the role of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation testing in the management of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)?

Updated: May 07, 2018
  • Author: Lewis J Kaplan, MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Current data do not support using adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation testing to determine which patients should receive steroid therapy. Patients receiving steroids require careful monitoring for hyperglycemia.


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