Overview

A basic review of the adrenal steroids hormones is provided in the chapter on urinary adrenal markers (Chapter 1i). A number of serum-based investigations can be applied in the investigation of adrenal malfunction:

• Adrenal cortex secretes—

■ Aldosterone (mineralocorticoid)—release is mainly controlled by the renin-angiotensin system

■ Cortisol (glucocorticoid)

■ Androgens (dehydroepiandrosterone [DHEA], dehydroepi-androsterone sulphate [DHEAS] and androstenedione)

TABLE 2.8. Common features related to sex hormones in males

Normal serum

Hormone levels Half-Life Levels elevated by— Levels decreased by—

TABLE 2.8. Common features related to sex hormones in males

Normal serum

Hormone levels Half-Life Levels elevated by— Levels decreased by—

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