What is adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal Insufficiency

Adrenal insufficiency is a condition in which the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, do not produce adequate amounts of steroid hormones (chemicals produced by the body that regulate organ function), primarily cortisol, but may also include impaired aldosterone production (a mineralocorticoid) which regulates sodium, potassium and water retention. Craving for salt or salty foods due to the urinary losses of sodium is common.

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Some articles on adrenal insufficiency:

Corticotrophin - Associated Conditions
... in the pituitary, leading to secondary adrenal insufficiency (a form of hypocorticism) Addison's disease, the primary adrenal insufficiency (another form of hypocorticism ...
Adrenocortical Hyperfunction
... is a condition where there is an overexpression of products of the adrenal cortex ... gonadotropin Kallmann syndrome Adiposogenital dystrophy CRH (Tertiary adrenal insufficiency) vasopressin (Neurogenic diabetes insipidus) general (Hypothalamic ...
Critical Illness-related Corticosteroid Insufficiency - Diagnosis
... critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency are not agreed upon ... applies to the distinction between absolute and relative adrenal insufficiency, a reason why the term critical illness–related corticosteroid ... Moreover, in patients whose adrenals are already maximally stimulated, a stimulation test would not be informative ...
Adrenal Insufficiency - Treatment
... Adrenal crisis Intravenous fluids Intravenous steroid (Solu-Cortef/injectable hydrocortisone) later hydrocortisone, prednisone or methylpredisolone tablets Rest Cortisol deficiency (primary and secondary ...
ACTH Stimulation Test - Interpretation of Results - Aldosterone Stimulation
... test is occasionally used to test adrenal production of aldosterone at the same time as cortisol to also help in determining if primary (hyperreninemic) or secondary (hy ... is blunted or absent in patients with primary adrenal insufficiency including Addison's disease ... potassium and renin enzyme will be high) and is an indicator of primary adrenal insufficiency or Addison's disease ...