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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 16, Issue 1, Aug 2015 pp 16-19

Research Article

Serum cortisol levels in critically Ill versus non-critically Ill patients

Chandrashekar M1, Shivaraj B M2, V P Krishna3

{1Assistant Professor, Department of General Medicine} { 2Assistant Professor, Department of Community  Medicine}

Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences, Madikeri, Karnataka, INDIA.

3Post Graduate Student, Department of General Medicine, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA.

This case control study was undertaken to compare the early morning venous serum cortisol levels between 40 cases of critically ill (group A) vs non critically ill (group B) patients admitted to a tertiary teaching hospital for a duration of one year. It was found that there was significant increase in the serum cortisol levels among critically ill (mean 33.68 μg/dl ±15.93) as compared to non critically ill (mean 15.93 μg/dl ± 5.93) patients.