Burton, CL, Cottrell, E and Edwards, JJ (2015) Addison's disease: identification and management in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 65 (638). 488 -490. ISSN 1478-5242

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Addison’s disease (AD), also known as primary adrenal insufficiency, is a deficiency of glucocorticosteroids and mineral corticosteroids.1 This can result in an insidious, protracted presentation. Therefore, unsurprisingly, the diagnosis is often delayed2 and 60% of patients have seen two or more clinicians before the diagnosis is considered.3 Around one-half of patients with AD are diagnosed after an acute adrenal crisis,4 which can be rapidly fatal.5 Although tuberculosis is the most common cause of AD worldwide,1 in the developed world, autoimmune disease is the predominant cause.3 In the latter context, AD is often linked to other autoimmune diseases, such as, vitiligo.6

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Addison Disease, diagnosis, differential, disease management, glucocorticoids, humans, primary health care
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC648 Diseases of the endocrine glands. Clinical endocrinology.
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 08:58
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 09:11
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4689

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