Faecal glucocorticoid metabolites: how to express yourself - comparison of absolute amounts versus concentrations in samples from a study in laboratory rats.

@article{Lepschy2010FaecalGM,
  title={Faecal glucocorticoid metabolites: how to express yourself - comparison of absolute amounts versus concentrations in samples from a study in laboratory rats.},
  author={Michael Lepschy and Chadi Touma and Rupert Palme},
  journal={Laboratory animals},
  year={2010},
  volume={44 3},
  pages={192-8}
}
During the last two decades, measurement of faecal cortisol or corticosterone metabolites (FCM) has become one of the most important tools to non-invasively monitor stress in animals. However, to reliably assess an animal's adrenocortical activity, a careful validation of this technique for each species and sex investigated is obligatory. Usually results in these validation studies and in subsequent applications are expressed as concentration (FCM(conc)). Nevertheless, some authors express… CONTINUE READING

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