Research Article

Plasma immunoreactive beta-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and skin pigmentation in chronic renal failure.

Br Med J 1975; 1 doi: (Published 22 March 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;1:658
  1. A G Smith,
  2. S Shuster,
  3. J S Comaish,
  4. N A Plummer,
  5. A J Thody,
  6. F Alvarez-Ude,
  7. D N Kerr


    Plasma immunoreactive beta-melanocyte stimulating hormone (beta-MSH) concentrations were greatly increased in patients with chronic renal failure. There was no correlation between the severity of the renal failure or the degree of pigmentation and the plasma beta-MSH levels.