Serum concentrations of cortisol, sex hormones of adrenal origin, and adrenocortical steroid intermediates in healthy dogs following stimulation with two doses of cosyntropin

Linda A. Frank Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, C247 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4544.

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Jacqueline A. Davis Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, C247 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4544.

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Jack W. Oliver Department of Comparative Medicine, C247 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4544.

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Abstract

Objective—To compare the effects of 2 doses of cosyntropin (5 µg/kg vs 250 µg, IV) on serum concentrations of cortisol, sex hormones of adrenal origin, and adrenocortical steroid intermediates and determine the optimal sample collection time after adrenal stimulation with cosyntropin.

Animals—10 healthy, privately owned, neutered dogs.

Procedure—Dogs were randomly assigned to initially receive cosyntropin at 5 µg/kg or as a total dose of 250 µg, IV. Dogs received the alternate dose 1 to 2 weeks later. Serum was obtained from blood samples collected before (0 minutes) and 30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes after cosyntropin administration.

Results—Maximum stimulation of cortisol, androstenedione, progesterone, and 17-hydroxyprogesterone production was achieved at 60 minutes following IV administration of cosyntropin at 5 µg/kg or as a total dose of 250 µg. Serum estradiol concentration did not increase in response to either cosyntropin dose. For all hormones, no significant difference in serum hormone concentrations was found among sample collection times of 0, 30, 60, and 90 minutes when comparing the 2 doses of cosyntropin.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Cosyntropin, when administered at 5 µg/kg, IV, effectively stimulated maximum production of cortisol, sex hormones of adrenal origin, and adrenocortical steroid intermediates at 1 hour after administration. (Am J Vet Res 2004;65:1631–1633)

Abstract

Objective—To compare the effects of 2 doses of cosyntropin (5 µg/kg vs 250 µg, IV) on serum concentrations of cortisol, sex hormones of adrenal origin, and adrenocortical steroid intermediates and determine the optimal sample collection time after adrenal stimulation with cosyntropin.

Animals—10 healthy, privately owned, neutered dogs.

Procedure—Dogs were randomly assigned to initially receive cosyntropin at 5 µg/kg or as a total dose of 250 µg, IV. Dogs received the alternate dose 1 to 2 weeks later. Serum was obtained from blood samples collected before (0 minutes) and 30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes after cosyntropin administration.

Results—Maximum stimulation of cortisol, androstenedione, progesterone, and 17-hydroxyprogesterone production was achieved at 60 minutes following IV administration of cosyntropin at 5 µg/kg or as a total dose of 250 µg. Serum estradiol concentration did not increase in response to either cosyntropin dose. For all hormones, no significant difference in serum hormone concentrations was found among sample collection times of 0, 30, 60, and 90 minutes when comparing the 2 doses of cosyntropin.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Cosyntropin, when administered at 5 µg/kg, IV, effectively stimulated maximum production of cortisol, sex hormones of adrenal origin, and adrenocortical steroid intermediates at 1 hour after administration. (Am J Vet Res 2004;65:1631–1633)

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