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Stress was assessed from both a biological perspective, by assessing HPA axis function with a weight-adjusted very-low-dose dexamethasone suppression test (DST), and a psychological perspective, with self-report questionnaires.
Subsequently, urinary free cortisol (UFC) (normal range: <110[micro]g), urinary normetanephrine (normal range: 88-444 [micro]g/day) and urinary metanephrine (normal range: 52-341 [micro]g/day) were measured and the 1 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression test (DST) was performed.
The literature supports that the overnight 1 mg dexamethasone suppression test (DST), sensitivity and specificity 73% to 100% and 90%, respectively, appears to be the test of choice to rule out autonomous glucocorticoid production, Cushing's syndrome or subclinical Cushing's syndrome (sCS).
MIAMI -- A dexamethasone suppression test can identify patients at increased risk of suicide, according to a follow-up study presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology.
The diagnostic strategy involved the 1-mg overnight dexamethasone suppression test (DST), using a revised criterion for cortisol suppression, which maximized sensitivity to the procedure.
Generally, we consider the overnight dexamethasone suppression test to be the gold standard test," said Schott.
Masses that are less than 3 cm and show no evidence of rapid growth or hormonal change are not likely to become cancerous and should be monitored at yearly intervals with a dexamethasone suppression test.
The 2 recommended screening tests for Cushing syndrome are the overnight dexamethasone suppression test and the measurement of 24-hour urinary free cortisol excretion.