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Nine male veterans suffering from multiple sclerosis were given ACTH by slow intravenous drip during a ten-day period. The permeability of the “blood-CSF barrier” before, during, and after the ACTH administration was studied by means of bromide determinations in serum and spinal fluid. There were no significant objective clinical changes noted during or after ACTH administration, although the drop in circulating eosinophils showed that the patients were reacting to the hormone. The changes in serum-CSF bromide ratios were variable and not marked during or after ACTH administration. There was some decrease in the amount of spinal fluid protein during ACTH administration in eight of the nine cases studied.
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