Adrenal Crisis

Adrenal Crisis, or Addisonian Crisis, is a life-threatening disorder of the adrenal glands. Production of the adrenal hormones is too low, causing adrenal failure and potentially fatal results. Adrenal crisis can result from the progression of undiagnosed and untreated Addison’s Disease (or other adrenal disorders). Milder levels of ...

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Introduction: Adrenal Crisis

Sudden, severe worsening of adrenal insufficiency symptoms is called adrenal crisis. If the person has Addison’s disease, this worsening can also be called an Addisonian crisis. In most cases, symptoms of adrenal insufficiency become serious enough that people seek ...1

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Symptoms of Adrenal Crisis

Adrenal Crisis: Sudden, severe worsening of adrenal insufficiency symptoms is called adrenal crisis. If the person has Addison’s disease, this worsening can also be called an Addisonian crisis. In most cases, symptoms of adrenal insufficiency become serious enough that ...2

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Complications of Adrenal Crisis

People with adrenal insufficiency who have weakness, nausea, or vomiting need immediate emergency treatment to prevent an adrenal crisis and possible death. ...Source: NIDDK (NIH)3 ...

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Causes of Adrenal Crisis

What is adrenal crisis? Adrenal hormones are needed for life. The system that pumps blood through the body cannot work during times of physical stress, such as illness or injury, if there is a severe lack of cortisol (or its ...4

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Causes List for Adrenal Crisis

Some possible causes of Adrenal Crisis or similar disorders may include:5

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Diagnosis of Adrenal Crisis

Diagnosis during Adrenal Crisis Although a reliable diagnosis is not possible during adrenal crisis, measurement of blood ACTH and cortisol during the crisis—before treatment with corticosteroids is given—is often enough to make a preliminary diagnosis. Low blood sodium ...6

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Risk Factors for Adrenal Crisis

Health Alert: Adrenal Crisis Causes Death in Some People Who Were Treated with hGH Doctors conducting the follow-up study of individuals treated with hGH looked at causes of death among recipients and found some disturbing news. Many more people ...7

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Treatments: Adrenal Crisis

Get Treatment for Adrenal Crisis Right Away: People with adrenal insufficiency who have weakness, nausea, or vomiting need immediate emergency treatment to prevent an adrenal crisis and possible death. An injection with a synthetic glucocorticoid hormone called a corticosteroid can ...8

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Prevention of Adrenal Crisis

How can a person prevent adrenal crisis? The following steps can help a person prevent adrenal crisis:

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Names and Terminology

Sudden, severe worsening of adrenal insufficiency symptoms is called adrenal crisis. If the person has Addison’s disease, this worsening can also be called an ...9

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References

  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ health-topics/ endocrine/ adrenal-insufficiency-addisons-disease/ Pages/ fact-sheet.aspx
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ endocrine-diseases/ adrenal-insufficiency-addisons-disease
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ endocrine-diseases/ national-hormone-pituitary-program/ health-alert-adrenal-crisis-causes-death-people-treated-hgh
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ endocrine-diseases/ adrenal-insufficiency-addisons-disease
  7. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ endocrine-diseases/ national-hormone-pituitary-program/ health-alert-adrenal-crisis-causes-death-people-treated-hgh
  8. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ endocrine-diseases/ adrenal-insufficiency-addisons-disease
  9. ibid.

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