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1 October 1998 SERUM CORTICOSTERONE RESPONSE TO ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE STIMULATION IN FLORIDA SANDHILL CRANES
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Florida sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis pratensis) were conditioned to confinement in an enclosure for 7 days, 6 hr a day. On day 8, cranes were catheterized and then confined in an enclosure. Venous blood (2 ml) was collected through the catheter and an attached IV line immediately before (−60 min) and 60 min after (0 min) confinement. Using a randomization table and a restricted cross-over experimental design, cranes were injected intravenously with either saline (control) or adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH; cosyntropin, Cortrosyn®; 0.25 mg). At 30, 60, 120, 180, 240 and 300 min after injection, blood samples were collected and assayed for corticosterone. The cranes receiving ACTH increased their serum corticosterone concentrations as much as fivefold above baseline concentrations. Serum corticosterone concentrations remained significantly elevated for approximately 60 min after ACTH stimulation. Physical restraint and catheterization caused an increase in serum corticosterone almost comparable to that induced by ACTH stimulation. In cranes injected with saline, serum corticosterone decreased within 1 hr after physical restraint and catheterization, and remained at lower levels throughout the remaining 5 hr of confinement.

Ludders, Langenberg, Czekala, Erb, and McCormick: SERUM CORTICOSTERONE RESPONSE TO ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE STIMULATION IN FLORIDA SANDHILL CRANES
John W. Ludders, Julie A. Langenberg, Nancy M. Czekala, Hollis N. Erb, and Heather McCormick "SERUM CORTICOSTERONE RESPONSE TO ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE STIMULATION IN FLORIDA SANDHILL CRANES," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 34(4), 715-721, (1 October 1998). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-34.4.715
Received: 27 August 1997; Published: 1 October 1998
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