The DUTCH Adrenal (Dried Urine) Test from Precision Analytical Inc stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones.
The DUTCH Adrenal test analyzes daily free cortisol and cortisone patterns and cortisol and cortisone metabolites. Under physical or psychological stress, the hypothalamus induces the pituitary gland to make the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH then stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, a stress hormone, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS).
Examples of common conditions related to abnormal cortisol levels include fatigue, depression, insomnia, fibromyalgia, anxiety, inflammation, and more.
The DUTCH Adrenal (Dried Urine) test should be considered when patients present the following symptoms and conditions linked to adrenal dysregulation:
The DUTCH Adrenal (Dried Urine) test measures the daily free cortisol pattern, daily free cortisone pattern, cortisol metabolites (a-THF, b-THF), cortisone metabolites (b-THE), and DHEAS.
Liquid Chromatography followed by Mass Spectrometry in tandem (LC-MS/MS) is the methodology used in this test. These highly sensitive methods show increased accuracy over immunoassays typically used in other hormone tests.
The DUTCH Adrenal (Dried Urine) test from Precision Analytical Inc features an effortless sample collection as patients only need to collect four or five dried urine samples during 24 hours on urine dips.
The test report will provide extensive and detailed information on women's and men's hormone and metabolite status. Additionally, it will include notes with information created specifically for the patient.
*The minimum age for the DUTCH Adrenal testing is 12 years old.
The DUTCH Adrenal provides free cortisol patterns that parallel saliva with the addition of metabolite measurements for an improved marker for total cortisol production. This test cannot be ordered for patients under 12 years of age.