Hypothalamic--pituitary function in depressive illness: insensitivity to hylycaemia.


Journal Article

The insulin tolerance test was performed in 16 severely depressed patients on admission to hospital and after treatment with electric convulsion therapy. The mean plasma cortisol response to hypoglycaemia was significantly impaired before treatment, particularly in the patients who also showed resistance to dexamethasone suppression. The results are consistent with hypothalamic-pituitary insensitivity to hypoglycaemia in these subjects.

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Cited Authors

  • Carroll, BJ

Published Date

  • July 5, 1969

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 5661

Start / End Page

  • 27 - 28

PubMed ID

  • 5787280

Pubmed Central ID

  • 5787280

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-1447

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/bmj.3.5661.27


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England