24Hrs URINE, NA, Fasting or Non Fasting: As suggested by doctor
For the 17-Ketosteroids, Urine 24H test, a complete 24-hour urine collection is required. A healthcare professional will provide you with a container to collect all your urine over a 24-hour period.
The test involves collecting urine over a 24-hour period. Once the collection is complete, the urine sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis. The results are usually available within a few days.
Test Normal Range:
The normal range for 17-Ketosteroids levels can vary based on age, sex, and other factors. Typically, the reference range for adults is around 8 to 20 milligrams per 24 hours.
What is the Test?
The 17-Ketosteroids, Urine 24H test measures the levels of a group of steroids produced by the adrenal glands, specifically the androgens and ketosteroids, in a 24-hour urine sample.
To perform the test, you will need to follow specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider. This usually involves discarding the first urine of the day and collecting all subsequent urine over the next 24 hours.
When to Take the Test:
This test is often ordered to assess adrenal gland function and to diagnose or monitor conditions related to excess or deficient steroid production.
Who Should Take This Test:
Individuals suspected of having adrenal gland disorders, such as Cushing’s syndrome or adrenal tumors, may undergo this test. It can also be used to monitor treatment progress.
Precautions for Exceptional Cases (Pregnancy, etc.):
Pregnant individuals or those with specific medical conditions should inform their healthcare provider before the test, as certain factors can influence the results.
Q1: What are androgens?
A: Androgens are a group of male sex hormones that are also present in females in smaller amounts. They play a role in various functions, including the development of secondary sexual characteristics.
Q2: How does this test help diagnose adrenal disorders?
A: This test measures the levels of androgens and ketosteroids, which can be abnormal in conditions like Cushing’s syndrome or adrenal tumors.
Q3: Is fasting required before the test?
A: Fasting is usually not required for this test. However, certain medications or dietary factors may need to be considered. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.
Q4: Can this test detect hormone imbalances related to fertility?
A: Yes, hormone imbalances can impact fertility. However, this test is more focused on assessing adrenal function rather than fertility.
Q5: Can I perform the urine collection during menstruation?
A: Ideally, the test should be performed during a regular menstrual cycle unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare provider. Hormonal changes can affect the results.