Comparisons of plasma and salivary cortisol determinations for the diagnostic efficacy of the dexamethasone suppression test.

@article{Harris1990ComparisonsOP,
  title={Comparisons of plasma and salivary cortisol determinations for the diagnostic efficacy of the dexamethasone suppression test.},
  author={Brian D. Harris and Sandra Watkins and Nigel J Cook and Richard N. Walker and Graham F. Read and D Riad-fahmy},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  year={1990},
  volume={27 8},
  pages={897-904}
}
The current status of the saliva dexamethasone suppression test (DST) is discussed and results from the literature reviewed. Evidence is presented that demonstrates that the efficacy of the salivary-based test is equal to that of the plasma DST provided that specifically developed radioimmunoassays are used for determination of salivary cortisol. Such evidence relied on measurement of cortisol in 300 matched samples of plasma and saliva provided by patients admitted to a routine psychiatric… CONTINUE READING

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