Birthsize, gestational age and adrenal function in adult life: studies of dexamethasone suppression and ACTH1-24 stimulation.

@article{Kajantie2003BirthsizeGA,
  title={Birthsize, gestational age and adrenal function in adult life: studies of dexamethasone suppression and ACTH1-24 stimulation.},
  author={Eero O. Kajantie and Johan G Eriksson and David P. Barker and Tom J. Forsen and Clive Osmond and Peter J W Wood and Sture Andersson and Leo Dunkel and David W. Phillips},
  journal={European journal of endocrinology},
  year={2003},
  volume={149 6},
  pages={569-75}
}
OBJECTIVE Several studies show that low birthweight is associated with long-term alterations in the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA). We recently reported that the relationship between birthweight and fasting serum cortisol concentrations differed according to the gestational age of the babies, suggesting that both hypercortisolism and hypocortisolism could be a consequence of impaired fetal growth. We have now extended these findings by examining the relationship… CONTINUE READING

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