What is the role of medication in the treatment of pediatric adrenal insufficiency (Addison disease)?

Updated: Dec 07, 2018
  • Author: Kimberly Tafuri, DO; Chief Editor: Sasigarn A Bowden, MD  more...
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Glucocorticoid replacement is required in all forms of adrenal insufficiency (Addison disease). Mineralocorticoid replacement is required only in primary adrenal insufficiency, because aldosterone secretion is reduced in primary adrenal insufficiency but not in secondary (central) adrenal insufficiency. In acute adrenal crisis (eg, hypotension, hypoglycemia) use pharmacologic doses of glucocorticoids, which can be in the form of hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, or dexamethasone.


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