Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Adrenocortical Deficiency Overview

Another name for Adrenocortical Deficiency is Addison's Disease.

What is Addison's disease?
A person with Addison's disease has adrenal glands that do not produce hormones properly. The two main hormones made by the adrenal glands are cortisol and aldosterone. Cortisol helps regulate metabolism and aldosterone helps regulate the kidneys.

What are the symptoms of Addison's disease?
Common symptoms of Addison's disease include diarrhea, confusion, loss of appetite, dizziness, and weakness or fatigue. Other symptoms of Addison's disease include headache, tremor, seizures, and darkening of the skin.

How does the doctor treat Addison's disease?
Treatment of Addison's disease includes fluid replacement and hormone therapy.

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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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