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Ment of Endocrinology, Evangelismos Hospital, Medical School, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece To investigate the adrenocortical function in brain-dead, potential organ donors, 36 patients (27 men, 9 women) with severe brain injury (BI), having a mean age of 42 ?18 years were studied. Group A, consisted of 20 BI patients who did not develop brain-death (BD), and group B