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

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

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: None

The two are same entity.

In brief: None

The two are same entity.
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