Cortisol Awakening Response Profile (CAR)

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CPT Code:

82530 x6, 82627

Test Type: Kit Based, Saliva


The Cortisol Awakening Response – also called CAR – reveals more detailed clues that help in assessing adrenal hormone/HPA Axis dysfunction. Six cortisol collections in 24 hours, is the most common method for assessing CAR. Start saliva collection within five minutes of waking for the day, followed by a second sample at 30 minutes, and a third sample at 60 minutes. The rest of the diurnal rhythm can be assessed at the normal time intervals – noon, evening, and night.

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