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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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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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How can I tell whether I have adrenal insufficiency?

How can I tell whether I have adrenal insufficiency?

Many: Aside from symptoms & physcial signs: fatigue, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, adrenal insufficiency is diagnosed through lab works (cortisol, acth, complete metabolic panel).There is a test called acth stimulatory test that can diagnose adrenal insufficiency.This test is more involved than a blood draw but can provide your doc with useful data. ...Read more

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If you have adrenal insufficiency what foods should you avoid?

Foods?: Avoid any foods that keep you from going to the doctor to get your adrenal insufficiency properly evaluated and treated. In other words none. ...Read more

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What is the most common way to treat adrenal insufficiency?

What is the most common way to treat adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal hormones: Adrenal hormones of two types are usually used: 1) glucorticoids such as hydrocortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone: these regulate blood pressure, glucose levels, the immune system among other things 2) mineralocorticoids such as florinef: they regulate salt balance and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Not exactly: Addison' s disease is a state of adrenal insufficiency but not vice versa as there are many other causes besides ad ( an autoimmune disease) that can lead to cortisol deficiency state such as tuberculosis of the adrenals, hemorrhage of the adrenals, certain genetic storage syndromes and hypopituitarism. ...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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How is adrenal insufficiency diagnosed?

How is adrenal insufficiency diagnosed?

Stimulation Test: Cortisol levels vary widely between individuals, and by time of day and are affected by illness. So random levels may not be helpful. A stimulation test with an injection of Cortrosyn to make the adrenals release cortisol is used. Blood is drawn just before, and 30 and 60 minutes after the Cortrosyn injection. Stimulated levels above 18-20 usually indicate normal adrenal function. ...Read more

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What are the tests for adrenal insufficiency?

Primary vs secondary: The fault may lie in the pituitary which may produce too little acth. The adrenal responds normally to acth stimulation. If the gland is defective, there is impaired response to acth. In both there are low levels of corticosteroids in blood and urine, and similar electrolyte disturbances, e.G, high potassium. ...Read more

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What is the difference between addison's disease and primary adrenal insufficiency ?

Can be the same: Addison's disease is primary adrenal insufficiency and implies that the immune system is attacking the part of the adrenal gland which makes cortisol. Primary adrenal insufficiency doesn't have to be autoimmune, however. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is when the pituitary gland doesn't make enough acth, a hormone which signals the adrenal gland to make cortisol. ...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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Dr. David Geffner
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Addison's Disease (Definition)

Addison's disease is a medical condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones. The adrenal glands are small organs that sit above the kidneys and secrete important hormones that are responsible for maintaining body fluid and electrolyte levels and helps ...Read more


Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Adrenal Insufficiency (Definition)

Adrenal insufficiency is a condition where the adrenal glands are not producing enough of the steroid hormones they manufacture, ...Read more