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Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Reduced Cortisol Metabolism during Critical Illness
Critical illness is often accompanied by hypercortisolemia, which has been attributed to stress-induced activation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis. However, low corticotropin levels have also been reported in critically ill patients, which may be due to reduced cortisol metabolism.