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Table 2 Baseline cortisol concentration, cortisol concentration after stimulation with 1 μg corticotropin and clinical data of all 9 patients and all 6 clinical visits.

From: Effect of a 14-day course of systemic corticosteroids on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Patient Nr. Laboratory and clinical parameters Clinical visits
   V0 V1 V2 V3 V4 V5
1 Cortisol basal* 552 255 264 689 NA 543
  Cortisol stimulated* 887 572 467 803 NA 770
  Clinical score 6 4 0 0 NA 40
2 Cortisol basal* 162 153 112 53.2 53.1 36.8
  Cortisol stimulated* 603 582 355 277 368 401
  Clinical score 48 36 31 36 24 42
3 Cortisol basal* 439 156 69.2 149 261 416
  Cortisol stimulated* 753 448 101 238 448 566
  Clinical score 60 33 17 16 11 5
4 Cortisol basal* 404 66.6 121 157 352 373
  Cortisol stimulated* 608 422 451 405 671 587
  Clinical score 28 61 66 52 71 68
5 Cortisol basal* 392 200 112 461 385 409
  Cortisol stimulated* 584 453 298 553 600 610
  Clinical score 0 6 3 4 6 6
6 Cortisol basal* 462 82.6 50.1 365 319 299
  Cortisol stimulated* 726 429 233 427 468 557
  Clinical score 34 24 31 16 25 28
7 Cortisol basal* 750 332 27.0 121 629 229
  Cortisol stimulated* 730 496 46.5 273 752 415
  Clinical score 66 36 32 28 62 30
8 Cortisol basal* 458 204 115 411 354 136
  Cortisol stimulated* 689 452 282 501 615 365
  Clinical score 6 0 6 4 2 2
9 Cortisol basal* 353 275 331 394 490 490
  Cortisol stimulated* 712 498 637 512 664 746
  Clinical score 42 44 8 14 22 24
  1. *(nmol/l)