Adrenocorticotropic Hormone and Cortisol Secretion Changes among the Law Enforcement Personnel during the Mission to the Areas of Armed Conflicts

Roman V. Koubassov, PhD ¹*; Yury E. Barachevsky ¹, MD; Valery Lupachev ¹, ² MD

¹Northern State Medical University; ²Institute of Complex Safety, Northern Arctic Federal University; Archangelsk, Russian Federation

*Corresponding author: Roman V. Koubassov, PhD. Department of Disaster Medicine, Northern State Medical University. Archangelsk, Russia. E-mail:

Published: June 22, 2014.


The adrenocorticotropic hormone and cortisol changes among law enforcement personnel during mission to the areas of armed conflicts were studied. At the beginning of the mission an increase of all hormones was detected, which corresponded to basic points of general adaptation syndrome theory. A further investigation revealed an imbalance of hormonal secretions in the hypophysis-adrenal system. Such an imbalance can lead to disregulation of interhormonal relations and can be a factor in decreasing the organism’s stress resistance.

armed conflict; law enforcement personnel; adrenocorticotropic hormone; cortisol.
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