Lower cortisol and higher ACTH levels in individuals with autism.

@article{Curin2003LowerCA,
  title={Lower cortisol and higher ACTH levels in individuals with autism.},
  author={Jasna Marinovi{\'c} Curin and Jano{\vs} Terzi{\'c} and Zorana Bujas Petkovi{\'c} and Ljubinka Zekan and Ivana Marinovi{\'c} Terzi{\'c} and Ivana Marasovi{\'c} Susnjara},
  journal={Journal of autism and developmental disorders},
  year={2003},
  volume={33 4},
  pages={
          443-8
        }
}
Blood concentrations of pituitary hormones adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), prolactin, growth hormone, and adrenal hormone-cortisol were measured in 36 autistic and 27 control individuals. Individuals with autism had significantly lower serum concentrations of cortisol (p < 10(-6)), and significantly higher concentrations of ACTH (p = 0.002) than control age- and sex-matched subjects. Also, prolactin concentrations in autistic patients with epilepsy were significantly higher when compared with… CONTINUE READING

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