[Circadian rhythm of cortisol and corticotropin (ACTH) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in relation to inflammatory activity].

Abstract

In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, corticosteroids are usually given as a single morning dose to minimize adrenal suppression, because of the well-known circadian rhythm of the secretion of cortisol and corticotropin. However, it has not been so far examined whether there really is a normal secretion pattern of those hormones in all patients with… (More)

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