How do bilateral adrenal artery emboli and bilateral vein thrombosis cause acute Addison disease?

Updated: Mar 11, 2020
  • Author: George T Griffing, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Bilateral adrenal artery emboli and bilateral vein thrombosis

  • This is a very rare cause of Addison disease but may occur in critically ill patients on heparin as a complication of heparin-induced thrombosis (HIT) or as a complication of other states that predispose to thrombosis.

  • It also may occur as a complication of radiographic contrast studies involving the adrenal glands.


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