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Idiopathic Addison’s Disease


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PC is a 38-year-old female who went to her doctor complaining of weakness and fatigue. During her examination, the physician observed that PC had sunken eyes, a decreased blood pressure, and an elevated heart rate and that she had lost weight. Laboratory results revealed that the patient’s serum levels of cortisol were depressed and the serum levels of ACTH were elevated. In addition, the patient was hyponatremic and hyperkalemic. PC was diagnosed with Addison’s disease or primary adrenal insufficiency. (Idiopathic Addison’s disease is also discussed in Endocrine System.) Continue Reading >


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