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A controlled evaluation of intravenous adrenocorticotropic hormone and hydrocortisone in the treatment of acute colitis.

Authors
  • Kaplan, H P
  • Portnoy, B
  • Binder, H J
  • Amatruda, T
  • Spiro, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gastroenterology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1975
Volume
69
Issue
1
Pages
91–95
Identifiers
PMID: 168121
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study compares the efficacy of intravenous adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) with intravenous hydrocortisone in the treatment of patients with symptomatic inflammatory bowel disease. Drug doses were pharmacologically equivalent on the basis of achieved plasma cortisol levels and continuously monitored urinary corticoid excretion rates. Drug selection and patient evaluation were accomplished with a random double blind technique. Evaluation of 22 consecutive hospital patients indicates that ACTH and hydrocortisone, when administered intravenously in pharmacologically equivalent dosage, are therapeutically equivalent, that response to ACTH is rapid, with no therapeutic lag, and that differences in therapeutic responses cannont be corrrelated with differences in systemic steroid levels.

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