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What is acute adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics

In brief: Adrenal crisis

An adrenal crisis or acute adrenal insufficiency is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when there is not enough cortisol produced by the adrenal glands.
This can occur either from damage to the adrenal glands or the pituitary gland in the brain. The result can be weakness, hypotension, hypoglycemia, cardiovascular collapse, etc and can be fatal.

In brief: Adrenal crisis

An adrenal crisis or acute adrenal insufficiency is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when there is not enough cortisol produced by the adrenal glands.
This can occur either from damage to the adrenal glands or the pituitary gland in the brain. The result can be weakness, hypotension, hypoglycemia, cardiovascular collapse, etc and can be fatal.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Dr. Gregg Nishi
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