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CSF cortisol in patients with depression, mania, or anorexia nervosa and in normal subjects
Am J Psychiatry 1983;140:92-94.
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The authors studied CSF cortisol in 30 depressed patients, 10 manic patients, 21 women with anorexia nervosa, and 22 normal control subjects. All patients were also rated on a global severity scale for mania or depression. Results indicated higher CSF cortisol levels in all three patient groups than in the control group. Only the depressed group had a significant positive correlation between CSF cortisol and severity ratings. The authors recommend further research into the hypothalamic mechanisms associated with cortisol secretion and regulation.

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