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What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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