How is CT scanning used in the workup of Addison disease?

Updated: Mar 11, 2020
  • Author: George T Griffing, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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  • Abdominal CT scan may be normal but may show bilateral enlargement of the adrenal glands in patients with Addison disease because of TB, fungal infections, adrenal hemorrhage, or infiltrating diseases involving the adrenal glands.

  • In Addison disease due to TB or histoplasmosis, evidence of calcification involving both adrenal glands may be present.

  • In idiopathic autoimmune Addison disease, the adrenal glands usually are atrophic.


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