Adrenocortical function in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis

Raghupati Sarma, G and Immanuel, Chandra and Ramachandran, Geetha and Krishnamurthy, P V and Kumaraswami, V and Prabhakar, R (1990) Adrenocortical function in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis. Tubercle, 71 (4). pp. 277-282. ISSN 0041-3879

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Adrenocortical function was studied in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis and the findings compared with those in healthy subjects. Plasma cortisol levels in newly diagnosed patients were appreciably higher than in the healthy subjects (PC 0.001). A normal (positive) response to ACTH (tetracosactrin) stimulation was observed in 35 (97%) of 36 healthy subjects, 15 (56%) of 27 newly diagnosed patients with tuberculosis and 5 (42%) of 12 chronic cases (i.e. those who had had the disease for more than 3 years); the difference between the healthy subjects and the two groups of tuberculosis patients was highly significant (PC 0.001). Dexamethasone caused an appreciable decrease in the plasma cortisol levels of tuberculosis patients. Considering the diurnal variation of cortisol secretion, there was a steady decline in the cortisol levels between 08:OO and 20:00 in the healthy subjects (P=O.O2); in the tuberculosis patients, however, there was a decrease upto 16:OO followed by a significant increase (P=O.O5), and the mean value at 20:00 was similar to that at 08:OO.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Laboratory Research > Biochemical
Divisions: Basic Science Research > Biochemistry
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 10:13
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 09:30

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