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Am J Vet Res. 1985 Sep;46(9):1941-3.

Hormonal response to thyrotropin-releasing hormone in healthy horses and in horses with pituitary adenoma.


Cortisol, triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), insulin, and glucose responses to thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) were evaluated in 12 healthy, mature horses and in 7 horses and 4 ponies with clinical signs of pituitary adenoma (PA). Within 1 hour after TRH administration, the increase in T3 and T4 was similar in healthy horses and animals with PA. Plasma cortisol in the group with PA increased (P less than 0.05) within 0.25 hours after TRH administration, and remained increased for 1.5 hours. In the control group, a significant increase in plasma cortisol concentrations did not develop after TRH administration. Plasma glucose and insulin concentrations were higher in animals with PA than in the healthy horses throughout the experiment (6 hours).

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