Adrenal function after upper femoral fracture in elderly people: persistence of stimulation and the roles of adrenocorticotrophic hormone and immobility.


Previous work has shown persistent elevations in plasma cortisol concentration following upper femur fracture in elderly people. To investigate this phenomenon further, we measured plasma cortisol and adrenocorticotrophin (ACTH) and performed overnight dexamethasone suppression tests in carefully characterized patients and controls (mobile and immobile… (More)