Adrenal insufficiency

What is adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal insufficiency is a disorder which reduces the
production of adrenal hormones. It can take several
different forms:

  • Primary adrenal insufficiency: there is a problem with the adrenal glands themselves
  • Central adrenal insufficiency: there is a problem with the hypothalamus (tertiary) or with the pituitary gland (secondary)
  • Adrenal insufficiency caused by the use of medication (also known as steroid-induced adrenal insufficiency): there is a problem with the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the adrenal glands because of medication that contains cortisol or synthetic forms of cortisol.

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