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is solu-cortef used for treatment of addison's disease?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Solu-cortef: Is a glucocorticoid similar to the steroid produced in the adrenal after stimulation by the pituitary hormone acth. It is a teatment of addison's, which is adrenocortical insufficiency..

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is hyperpigmentation in addison's disease reversible?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Yes: What determines the long term pigmentation of the skin the number of pigment producing cells "called melanocytes". In addison's disease (especially if untreated or undertreated), the hyperpigmentation is due to prolonged acth stimulation of the melanocytes, asking it to make more pigment "melanin". Once acth levels come back to normal, the skin shoud return to its baseline pigmentation tone.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you have both primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Unlikely: Primary adrenal insufficiency means that the adrenal glands are unable to make cortisol. In secondary adrenal insufficiency, the adrenals are able to make cortisol, but do not receive enough stimulation from the pituitary to make normal levels. While it is theoretically possible for one person to have both conditions, neither condition is common, so it would be rare to have both.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
If you have either problem, it is likely that you have another gland problem. See an endocrinologist
Sep 28, 2011
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Does a electrolyte panel show an adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Possibly: An electrolyte panel does not diagnose adrenal insufficiency but it can provide clues about a possible adrenal problem. Patient with adrenal insufficiency can have low glucose, low sodium and high potassium on an electrolyte panel.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

My endocrine system has gone haywire and i've been diagnosed with addison's, what can I expect now?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Be complaint: Make sure that you are complaint with your meds and following carefully all the instructions how to increase the dose if you need to.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
See below: 80% of addison's disease cases are cause by autoimmune disorders-immune system makes antibodies that attack the body's own tissue or organ, slowly destroying them. In a polyendocrine deficiency syndrome adrenal glands and other endocrine glands may be affected-type 1 is inherited & occurs in children. Tb accounts for less than 20% of the other addison's cases.

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