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Br Vet J. 1990 Nov-Dec;146(6):539-42.

Cortisol in pregnancy toxaemia of sheep.

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  • 1Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Neston, Cheshire.

Abstract

Of 31 pregnant ewes with clinical signs of pregnancy toxaemia, 24 had hypoglycaemia and hyperketonaemia at the time that a single blood sample was obtained. Twenty-five of these had a plasma cortisol concentration in excess of 10 ng/ml and six had a value below this. All the seven animals which did not show both hypoglycaemia and hyperketonaemia had a plasma cortisol concentration in excess of 10 ng/ml. Taking all the sheep together, 80% had a high plasma cortisol concentration. This could be the consequence of increased adrenal output or reduced excretion by the liver.

PMID:
2271910
DOI:
10.1016/0007-1935(90)90057-A
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