The effect of stress doses of hydrocortisone during septic shock on posttraumatic stress disorder and health-related quality of life in survivors.

@article{Schelling1999TheEO,
  title={The effect of stress doses of hydrocortisone during septic shock on posttraumatic stress disorder and health-related quality of life in survivors.},
  author={Gustav Schelling and Christian Stoll and Hans-Peter Kapfhammer and Hans B Rothenh{\"a}usler and Till Krauseneck and Kimberly Durst and Mathias Haller and Josef Briegel},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={27 12},
  pages={2678-83}
}
OBJECTIVES The exposure to intense physical and psychological stress during intensive care can result in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in survivors. Cortisol is a biological stress mediator that can have a protective effect during severe stress. The administration of stress doses of hydrocortisone during treatment in the intensive care unit could theoretically result in a lower incidence of PTSD. We tested this hypothesis in survivors of septic shock. DESIGN A retrospective case… CONTINUE READING

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