Richard L. Dobson, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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To evaluate the results of sweat electrolyte studies, particularly in adults, a thorough knowledge of normal eccrine sweat gland function is essential. Recent studies have provided enough data so that a reasonable model of normal function can be presented. The diminished sweat sodium concentrations in nephrosis, cirrhosis, and congestive heart failure can be explained on the basis of increased circulating aldosterone, which increases sodium reabsorption of the sweat duct. In cystic fibrosis of the pancreas (CFP) in children sweat electrolytes are almost always elevated. This is probably due to a failure of sodium reabsorption by the duct. In an attempt
Dobson RL. The Sweat Gland and Systemic Disease.. Ann Intern Med. 1964;61:814. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-4-814_3
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