Emergency Management of Adrenal Insufficiency in Adrenoleukodystrophy

Emergency Management of Adrenal Insufficiency in Adrenoleukodystrophy

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Emergency Management of Adrenal Insufficiency in Adrenoleukodystrophy

An estimated 80% of men and boys with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) develop adrenal insufficiency — when the body does not produce enough of the steroid hormone cortisol. By comparison, only around 1% of girls and women who carry the disease experience this condition. Under stressful circumstances, this lack of cortisol in people with ALD can lead to a life-threatening condition called acute adrenal insufficiency. This also is known as an adrenal crisis, or an Addisonian crisis.…

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