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What is acute adrenal crisis?

What is acute adrenal crisis?

Low cortisol state: Acute adrenal crisis is defined by the sudden drop in Hydrocortisone (or its equivalent) in the body, prompting acute physiological changes such as low blood sugar, lethargy, nausea, low blood pressure and sometimes even coma and death. Immediate steroid replacement is needed to reverse the above either via mouth (if the individual is stable and able to swallow) or via intra muscular/intravenous. ...Read more

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Addisonian Crisis (Definition)

Addisonian or acute adrenal crisis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when there is not enough cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It can manifest with fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, fever, joint pain, fatigue, coma, or seizure. Addison's disease is usually treated ...Read more


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What exactly is an adrenal crisis?

What exactly is an adrenal crisis?

Life threatening: Your adrenal glands make hormones which help to maintain normal salt and sugar levels in your blood as well as normal blood pressure. An adrenal crisis is a severe presentation of adrenal insufficiency which is life threatening due to potential problems with severely low blood pressure, in addition to very abnormal salt and sugar levels. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an addisonian crisis (acute adrenal crisis)?

Emergency: Adrenal crisis occurs when there is abrupt loss of adrenal hormones or treatment of addison's disease is suddenly stopped. Symptoms include low blood pressure leading to shock, confusion leading to loss of consciousness, low blood sugar, electrolyte imbalance leading to instability of the heart rhythm, and can result in death. Treatment is required urgently. ...Read more

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Why does thyroid replacement therapy in hypoadrenalism cause adrenal crisis?

Why does thyroid replacement therapy in hypoadrenalism cause adrenal crisis?

Great question!: Even people with adrenal problems often make a little bit of cortisol. This little bit can be enough to keep them from getting very sick. In hypothyroidism the body's need for cortisol goes down and the little bit you make lasts longer. So if a person has both thyroid and adrenal disease, treating the thyroid without treating the adrenal problem first causes the little cortisol to run out quicker. ...Read more

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What exactly happens to the adrenal medulla in dialysis patients?

What exactly happens to the adrenal medulla in dialysis patients?

Nothing: The adrenal medulla produces cathecolamines which are stress hormones stimulated by the automated nervous system under control of the hypothalamus which is the unconscious part of the brain. During dialysis if your blood pressure falls receptors in your circulation will signal the adrenal medulla to secrete these hormones which cause the heart to speed up and arteries to constrict. ...Read more

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What exactly is mid-life crisis?

What exactly is mid-life crisis?

Upheaval : The concept of the "mid-life crisis" was introduced by elliot jaques in 1965. It is not a mental disorder and is not recognized in diagnostic manuals. It refers to a turning point when one recognizes that life may be more than half-way over. For some, this recognition leads to emotional or circumstantial upheaval or a major reshuffling of priorities. ...Read more

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What exactly is adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal cortex loss: Hi. Adrenal deficiency refers to Addison's disease, primary adrenal cortical failure, where the body is deficient in two vital adrenal cortical steroid hormones, cortisol and aldosterone. Central/pituitary adrenal insufficiency is deficient only in cortisol (not aldosterone). Cortisol is a vital "stress" hormone, and is necessary for life in the long run and the acute physiologic stress setting. ...Read more

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What exactly is adrenal insufficiency?

What exactly is adrenal insufficiency?

See below: http://endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/addison/addison.aspx Pease visit the web address given above as the issue is too complicated to answer in 400 characters. ...Read more

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Will repeated adrenal crisis weaken the adrenal gland?

No: People have an "adrenal crisis" only when the adrenal is already very weakened or absent. The crisis can be dangerous, but will not affect the gland itself. ...Read more

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What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

Adrenal cortex: The adrenal cortex makes lots of hormones. Very important are cortisol and aldosterone which help maintain life and salt balance. Addison's disease is caused by adrenal cortex damage rendering it unable to make these hormones anymore, mostly autoimmune cause in us. Patients often have a bronzed look. Hydrocortisone replacement is a lifesaving necessity. Fludrocortisone may also become necessary. ...Read more

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Hypoadrenalism, hypocortisolism and adrenal insufficiency.. Is it the same?

Hypoadrenalism, hypocortisolism and adrenal insufficiency.. Is it the same?

Yes and no: They are often, and incorrectly, used interchangeably. Hypocortisolism is low cortisol, no matter what the cause. Hypoadrenalism is a general term which does not specify which hormone or hormones are low. Adrenal insufficiency means a deficiency in all adrenal hormones, but is incorrectly used to refer to low cortisol levels. Pituitary deficiency can cause low cortisolare you now properly confused. ...Read more

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What should people treated with HGH know about adrenal crisis?

What should people treated with HGH know about adrenal crisis?

In general, nothing: Hgh tx does not involve the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, & should not produce adrenal suppression or increased risk for an adrenal crisis. The pre-treatment evaluation should have included a broader assessment of the patient's hormones and should have identified a possible acth deficiency. If such deficiency were present but unrecognized, there would in fact be risk of an adrenal crisis. ...Read more

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What is acute adrenal insufficiency?

What is acute adrenal insufficiency?

Low cortisol : It generally means acute (recent) drop in adrenal gland hormonal production namely cortisol, a very important and life sustaining steroid. There are many reason why some one can develop ai. Autoimmune, infection, acute illness and trauma are a few examples. Need to discuss with an endocrinologist if there is need for hormonal replacement. ...Read more

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What do the hormones aldosterone and atrial natriuretic peptide do?

What do the hormones aldosterone and atrial natriuretic peptide do?

Aldo and ANP: Hi. Aldosterone (aldo) tends to promote sodium reabsorption (retention) and potassium excretion by the kidney tubule. ANP, as the name implies, tends to promote urinary sodium excretion, and is somewhat regulated by how much sodium (i.e., salt) is in the diet. We use an aldo analog, fludrocortisone, clinically for people who can't make aldo. ...Read more

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What is myasthenic crisis?

What is myasthenic crisis?

Aggresively !!: Myasthenic crisis is a medical emergency it is related to the neurotransmitter acetyl choline not being ablt to work at the neuromuscular junction (due to ach receptor issues) it can cause life thretening symptoms specially related to the respiratory system. ...Read more

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Is primary adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Is primary adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Often, yes: Addison's disease is an autoimmune disease which harms the cortex of the adrenal glands. However, anything that damages the adrenal cortex can also cause primary adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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What are early signs of acute adrenal crisis?

See below: Patients with acute adrenal crisis may have weak and rapid pulse, cold skin, low blood pressure, fast and labored breathing, and can turn dusky or blue. Without immediate and intensive treatment, this condition can be fatal. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me specifically what is addison's disease or addisonian crisis?

Adrenal insufficienc: Chronic adrenal insufficiency due to any cause is adrenal disease. If a patient with addison disease is subjected to stress, e.g., infection, surgery trauma etc, it may cause shock i.e. Addisonian crisis. ...Read more

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Adrenal fatigue, hypoadrenia, adrenal glands. Can i rebuild my adrenals?

Adrenal fatigue, hypoadrenia, adrenal glands. Can i rebuild my adrenals?

Yes: Should there be loss of adrenocortical function, steroid replacement is advocated to rebuild the normal stamina. ...Read more

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Endocrinology. What specific blood test covers pit & hypothalmus, thymus adrenal glands.No acth allowed, scans wont be read anywhere in uk, need closure?

Endocrinology. What specific blood test covers pit & hypothalmus, thymus adrenal glands.No acth allowed, scans wont be read anywhere in uk, need closure?

There are a: Multitude of tests that relate to the pituitary and hypothalamus plus the other endocrine glands -- but not the thymus, which is in a different body system. I don't know why your scans couldn't be read by someone in the uk. You need to discuss this with your doctors. ...Read more