Twenty-four hour urinary free cortisol and mean and integrated 13h00-16h00 plasma cortisol levels were measured in 9 patients with proven Cushing's syndrome (5 with Cushing's disease, 2 with ectopic adrenocorticotrophic hormone production due to bronchial carcinoma and 2 with adrenal adenomas) and in 21 patients without Cushing's syndrome. The 24-hour urinary free cortisol levels and mean and integrated 13h00-16h00 plasma cortisol estimations clearly distinguished patients with Cushing's syndrome from those without. However, adequate suppression on dexamethasone suppression tests (false negatives) were obtained in 3 of the 9 patients with Cushing's syndrome. Since the integrated 13h00-16h00 plasma cortisol estimation is cheaper and simpler than the mean 13h00-16h00 plasma cortisol estimation, we recommend it as an adjunct in the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|State||Published - 1987|
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