17-ketosteroids are substances that form when the body breaks down male steroid sex hormones called androgens and other hormones released by the adrenal glands in males and females, and by the testes in males.
A 24-hour urine sample is needed. You will need to collect your urine over 24 hours. Your health care provider will tell you how to do this. Follow instructions exactly to ensure accurate results.
Your provider will ask you to temporarily stop any medicines that may affect the test results. Be sure to tell your provider about all the medicines you take. These include:
2.Aspirin (if you are on long-term aspirin)
3.Birth control pills
4.Diuretics (water pills)
Increased levels of 17-ketosteroids may be due to:
1.Adrenal gland problems such as tumor, Cushing syndrome
2.Imbalance of sex hormones in females (polycystic ovary syndrome)
Decreased levels of 17-ketosteroids may be due to:
1.Adrenal glands not making enough of their hormones (Addison disease)
3.Pituitary gland not making enough of its hormones (hypopituitarism)
4.Removal of the testicles (castration)