A study on plasma cortisol in pulmonary tuberculosis
Srivastava, R.M.L.; Mukerji, P.K.; Bhargava, K.P. and Khanna, B.K. (1980) A study on plasma cortisol in pulmonary tuberculosis. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 27 (1). pp. 3-6.
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SUMMARY : Plasma Cortisol level was estimated in 84 hospitalized cases of pulmonary tuberculosis. The mean value of plasma cortisol, obtained was 16.44 μg% ± 8.1. The values obtained were significantly higher than the normal control value (13.27 μg% + 3.9). A definite correlation could be demonstrated between the duration of illness, evidence of tuberculotoxaemia characterised by fever, sputum status and severity of the disease. It was evident that more severe the toxaemia, higher was the level of plasma cortisol. However, a Sack of correlation between plasma cortisol and absolute eosinophil count and the number of cavities present was noted in our cases.
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