Journal of Diagnostic Techniques and Biomedical AnalysisISSN: 2469-5653

All submissions of the EM system will be redirected to Online Manuscript Submission System. Authors are requested to submit articles directly to Online Manuscript Submission System of respective journal.

Effect of Collection Methods on Salivary Cortisol

Salivary cortisol is a useful measure of hypothalmic-pituitary axis function, but the effects of collection method, sample volume, and environmental conditions on hormone recovery are poorly described. These potential sources of pre-analytical variation were assessed using spiked pooled saliva and assay by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). When saliva was collected onto cotton swabs, hormone recovery was determined primarily by volume recovery, which was in turn determined by sample volume. To ensure adequate cortisol recovery, ≥2 ml of saliva must be absorbed onto swabs. This may be difficult for many children and some adults to achieve. Salivary cortisol is remarkably stable to a range of environmental conditions, including repeated freeze-thaw cycles, storage at room temperature and exposure to sunlight. This study shows that it is preferable to obtain saliva by passive drool without swabs if adequate sample volume (≥2 ml) cannot be achieved, and that saliva samples can be returned by standard post without affecting hormone recovery.

Special Features

Full Text


Track Your Manuscript

Media Partners