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Addison’s (Ad-ih-son’s) disease is a life threatening disease process due to failure of the adrenal cortex to secrete adequate mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids resulting from an autoimmune process, a neoplasm, an infection, or a hemorrhage in the gland.

Symptom’s include low blood glucose, low blood sodium, weight loss, dehydration, generalized weakness, gastrointestinal disturbances, increased pigmentation of the skin and mucous membranes, cold intolerance, anxiety, and depression.

Diagnosis is confirmed through an ACTH stimulation test. Treatment for Addison’s disease is replacement of natural hormones with mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid drugs, to continue for life.

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