Campbell Biology (11th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-13409-341-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-13409-341-3

Chapter 45 - Test Your Understanding - Level 3 - Synthesis/Evaluation - Page 1016: 10


The adrenal gland.

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In a normal adrenal gland, the low dose of dexamethasone will cause blood cortisol levels to drop as ACTH is inhibited. In an overactive adrenal gland, it continues to produce high levels of cortisol despite the inhibition of ACTH. It’s worth noting that this is not an extremely precise test and the rate of false negatives is high as the adrenal gland responds despite malfunctioning at times.
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