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What is the death rate of addison's disease?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 100% untreated

If treated adequately the response is miraculous.
They require steroids. Diagnosis is not easy because the levels of cortisol change during the time of day, the stimulation test with syntetic acth is not widely availa. Present.May be acute or insidious, with substantial fatigue and weakness associated with mucocutaneous hyperpigmentation, hypotension and/or postural hypotension, and salt craving.

In brief: 100% untreated

If treated adequately the response is miraculous.
They require steroids. Diagnosis is not easy because the levels of cortisol change during the time of day, the stimulation test with syntetic acth is not widely availa. Present.May be acute or insidious, with substantial fatigue and weakness associated with mucocutaneous hyperpigmentation, hypotension and/or postural hypotension, and salt craving.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Missed Addison's disease is all to familiar on the forensic autopsy service. Doctors need a high index of suspicion, and patients with the disease need a deep understanding of it.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to say

Deaths directly due to adrenal insufficiency (ai) are extremely rare, but having ai complicates other conditions and can increase their death rates.
Example: if two people sustain identical injuries in an auto crash, and one has ai, they might be more more likely to die from those injuries than the person without ai. Same thing holds for people with serious infections or being treated for cancer.

In brief: Hard to say

Deaths directly due to adrenal insufficiency (ai) are extremely rare, but having ai complicates other conditions and can increase their death rates.
Example: if two people sustain identical injuries in an auto crash, and one has ai, they might be more more likely to die from those injuries than the person without ai. Same thing holds for people with serious infections or being treated for cancer.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 100%

Thankfully, addison's disease is rare in humans, though very common in dogs.
However, untreated, it will kill the victim eventually -- and after years of being miserable, being considered emotionally sick, getting a "chronic fatigue" workup, and so forth.

In brief: 100%

Thankfully, addison's disease is rare in humans, though very common in dogs.
However, untreated, it will kill the victim eventually -- and after years of being miserable, being considered emotionally sick, getting a "chronic fatigue" workup, and so forth.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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