What are the physical findings in patients with adrenal insufficiency or crisis?

Updated: Oct 11, 2018
  • Author: Kevin M Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Physical findings in patients with adrenal insufficiency are subtle and nonspecific.

  • Patients with mineralocorticoid insufficiency may show signs of sodium and volume depletion (eg, orthostatic hypotension, tachycardia).

  • Evidence of hyperpigmentation is observed, particularly in areas exposed to the sun or areas subject to friction or pressure.


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