Rhythms of serum melatonin in patients with spinal lesions at the cervical, thoracic or lumbar region.

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The neural pathway essential for the diurnal rhythm of serum melatonin was studied in humans. Blood samples from 17 patients with chronic lesions of cervical (n = 8), low thoracic or lumbar (n = 9) spinal cord were collected at 0200, 0400, 1000 and 1400 h of their normal light-dark cycle. Blood samples were also collected from eight control subjects at 0200… (More)

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