Horm Metab Res 1972; 4(4): 280-283
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1094067

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Adrenocortical Responsiveness to Physiological Amounts of β1-24 ACTH

II. Effect of Acute Corticotrophin Treatment in Patients Receiving Prolonged Glucocorticoid TherapyR.  Leclercq , G.  Copinschi , O. D. Bruno
  • Laboratories of Clinical Chemistry, Experimental Medicine and Physiopathology, and Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital Saint Pierre, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium
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07 January 2009 (online)


Adrenocortical responsiveness was assessed in ten asthmatic patients treated with corticosteroids for at least one year. After an acute treatment with tetracosactrin (0.25 mg every six hours for two days), both the adrenocortical responses to physiological-like amounts of β1-24ACTH and the capacity of maximal response were significantly increased. However, the adrenocortical sensitivity remained altered.