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Is adrenal insufficiency after pituitary tumor removal permanent? How long before most usually gain pituitary function for acth back?

Is adrenal insufficiency after pituitary tumor removal permanent?  How long before most usually gain pituitary function for acth back?

Sometimes: It is really quite variable when the pituitary function restarts after the operation. It often depends on how much was removed. Unfortunately, sometimes it is permanent. Check with your neurosurgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Dr. David Geffner
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Addison's Disease (Definition)

Chronic adrenal insufficiency. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/home/ovc-20155636 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any ...Read more


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Last May I was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency. I've been taking 30mgs. of Hydrocortisone. Lately, I feel sick after taking it. How to decrease?

Last May I was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency. I've been taking 30mgs. of Hydrocortisone. Lately, I feel sick after taking it. How to decrease?

Please review: Any medication changes with your doctor. Particular when it comes from steroid replacement therapy in the setting of adrenal insufficiency. You want to have your prescribing doc on board to make sure you aren't going to harm yourself. It's possible that the hydrocortisone is causing some element of stomach upset that can be corrected by other means than changing your dose. ...Read more

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I have been put on cortef (hydrocortisone) for adrenal insufficiency? How long is the treatment? I'm worried it is permanent.

Might be Permanent: Different things can cause this. If you have addison's disease then this is most certainly permanent. If you were previously on a long course of steroids for immunosuppression, this may be temporary, in an effort to prolong the steroid weaning process. Please ask your physician to explain the cause and what to expect from your adrenal insufficiency to you. ...Read more

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Dx adrenal insufficiency secondary to long term corticosteroid use. How long for body to kick in and start to normalize potassium?

Dx adrenal insufficiency secondary to long term corticosteroid use. How long for body to kick in and start to normalize potassium?

Variable: It can take a long time. Did you taper the steroids slowly or just stop cold-turkey. Sometimes totally normal response never returns. Check w/your doctor who can test your system and advise you. ...Read more

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What is adrenal insufficiency?

What is adrenal insufficiency?

Low adrenal function: The adrenal glands make a number of different hormones, most importantly cortisol. When a person's adrenals cannot make normal amounts of cortisol, they are diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, or failure. This can be due to a problem in the adrenals (infection, tumor, bleeding, auto-immune destruction) or in the pituitary or parts of the brain that control the adrenals. ...Read more

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What causes adrenal insufficiency?

Multiple causes: Infections of the gland by bacteria, including meningococcus and tb, metastatic tumors and primary tumors of adrenals, metabolic disorders, e.g., congenital adrenal hyperplasia, lack of pituitary stimulation, amyloid infiltration and sudden stoppage of steroid treatment etc. ...Read more

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Is adrenal insufficiency hereditary?

It can be.: One cause of adrenal insufficiency, addison's disease, is an auto-immune disorder. The immune system mistakenly makes antibodies targeting one or more proteins in the adrenal cortex, and winds up destroying the adrenal cortex, so that the adrenals can no longer make cortisol, or other hormones. As is true for most auto-immune disorders, a tendency to develop addison's can run in families. ...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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How is adrenal insufficiency treated?

HRT: Hormone replacement: Hydrocortisone (some use Prednisone or dexamethasone) possibly Fludrocortisone in addition. These are given orally to replace the cortisol and aldosterone no longer made in sufficient amounts. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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


Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Adrenal Insufficiency (Definition)

Adrenal insufficiency is either an absent or abnormally low production and/or secretion of hormones produced by the adrenal gland. Hormones produced by the adrenal glands include those involved with salt regulation, sugar metabolism, and sex hormones ...Read more