Table 2

 Renal hormone excretion in nmol/day. Values are data of patients with and without prednisolone treatment. Patients with RA and SLE should not be compared owing to their different mean age

Hormone (nmol/day)Patient subgroupHealthy controls*
With prednisoloneWithout prednisolone
Data are given as means (SEM).
*Data of healthy controls were not stratified because, for age and sex, the entire control group matched the respective patient subgroups. **In the subgroup of patients with prior prednisolone treatment, two outliers with 1232 and 2295 nmol/day were excluded from the analysis, which did not change the statistical comparison due to the non-parametric test.
†p<0.05, ‡p<0.01, §p<0.005, ¶p<0.001 for the comparison versus healthy controls.
Rheumatoid arthritis
Dehydroepiandrosterone4.9 (1.0)¶10.1 (3.3)§25.8 (4.0)
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate4316 (1257)¶12912 (7876)§20452 (3574)
Androstenedione26.8 (5.3)¶39.1 (10.8)§104.0 (20.5)
17-Hydroxyprogesterone9.9 (1.8)‡11.8 (3.1)†21.0 (4.0)
Cortisone**60.4 (19.7)¶106.9 (22.6)†177.2 (15.2)
Cortisol404.1 (173.4)†80.0 (16.4)93.0 (9.8)
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Dehydroepiandrosterone5.3 (1.2)¶17.0 (4.1)†37.9 (4.2)
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate6649 (1562)¶23833 (6301)†108414 (28962)
Androstenedione39.4 (6.4)¶72.9 (7.6)74.9 (5.4)
17-Hydroxyprogesterone34.0 (8.9)26.0 (5.2)44.8 (6.4)
Cortisone64.6 (17.5)¶213.2 (19.9)181.1 (10.2)
Cortisol325.7 (148.0)125.8 (21.5)115.0 (9.2)