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1

What causes primary hypoadrenalism?

-abrupt discontinuation of steroids
-Autoimmune=addison's disease
-Tuberculosis
-Surgery
-Haemorrhage/infarction-meningococcal septicaemia
-infiltration-malignancy,amyloid

2

What tests do we need to perform to investigate adrenal function?

-random cortisol
-short synacthen test
-Plasma ACTH
-Urea and electrolytes
-Adrenal antibodies

3

How do we treat an emergency,life-threatening adrenal crisis?

-ICU care
-Fluids,sodium
-IV hydro-cortisone @high dose

4

How do we perform maintenance treatment for adrenal failure?

-Glucocorticoid (hydrocortisone,prednisolone)
-Mineralcorticoid (fludrocortisone)