Further investigation of the dexamethasone suppression test in affective illnesses: relationship to clinical diagnosis and therapeutic response.

@article{Mendlewicz1984FurtherIO,
  title={Further investigation of the dexamethasone suppression test in affective illnesses: relationship to clinical diagnosis and therapeutic response.},
  author={Julien Mendlewicz and Philippe Hubain and C Koumakis},
  journal={Neuropsychobiology},
  year={1984},
  volume={12 1},
  pages={23-6}
}
The authors have studied the performances of the Dexamethasone Suppression Test (DST) in 107 hospitalized patients diagnosed according to the Research Diagnostic Criteria (RDC) and Feighner's criteria. The best performances of the DST are obtained for the diagnosis of primary depressed patients, suffering from a major depressive disorder. With the combination of these two diagnostic criteria, we found a sensitivity of 81%, a specificity of 81% and the diagnostic confidence of a positive test is… CONTINUE READING