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Bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling with desmopressin
  1. Amy R Deipolyi1,
  2. Joshua A Hirsch2,
  3. Rahmi Oklu1
  1. 1Department of Radiology Division of Vascular Imaging and Intervention, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2Department of Radiology Division of Interventional Neuroradiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr. R Oklu, Department of Radiology Division of Vascular Imaging and Intervention, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, GRB 290A, Boston, MA 02114; roklu{at}partners.org

Abstract

In this technical note, the use of desmopressin to stimulate pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone secretion in place of the commercially available corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) in bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling is described. Although the use of CRH is the standard of practice, it is currently unavailable in the USA and desmopressin provides reliable results with no additional observed side effects.

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