The effect of short-term dexamethasone administration (8 mg daily for 3 days) on thyroid hormone response to exogenous TSH (bovine TSH, 5 IU i.m.) was studied in 16 euthyroid volunteers. Serum T3 and T4 concentrations were measured by radio-immunoassay prior to and 2, 6, 12, 24, and 49 hr after bTSH injection, both under basal conditions and during dexamethasone treatment. In all subjects bTSH administration raised both T3 and T4 concentrations significantly. Dexamethasone treatment induced a slight depression of endogenous TSH (m +/- SEM = 2.0 +/- 0.4 versus 1.6 +/- 0.3 muU/ml) and T4 (6.8 +/- 0.4 versus 6.1 +/- 0.2 mug/100 ml) basal values and a significant decrease in T3 value (1.16 +/- 0.09 versus 0.64 +/- 0.06 ng/ml, p = 0.005). The mean increment of both T3 and T4 after bTSH injection was percentually unchanged during dexamethasone treatment but, due to lowered basal value, T3 levels at each time interval after TSH + dexamethasone were significantly lower than the corresponding values observed after TSH alone. The present data show that high dexamethasone doses decrease T3 serum levels significantly without inhibiting T3 response to TSH stimulation. Only a slight lowering was observed in T4 levels.
|Titolo:||Effect of dexamethasone on thyroid hormone response to TSH.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1975|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|