Adrenal insufficiency is a condition that is increasingly recognized in patients. The adrenal glands play an extremely important role in our body – they are paired organs located above kidneys, producing hormones such as: aldosterone, cortisol, aldosterone, cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone.
The adrenal glands are located above the kidneys and are made up of an inner core and an outer cortex – whose hypothyroidism is the cause of the complex of symptoms related to the deficiency of mentioned hormones, especially cortisol. The cause of hypothyroidism may be their damage, e.g. in Addison’s disease (primary hypocortex) or abnormal pituitary function, most often associated with long-term use of glucocorticosteroids (with treatment lasting e.g. several months).
The main symptoms that indicate adrenal insufficiency include:
If you notice these types of symptoms, please seek consultation with endocrinologist and undergo a detailed medical diagnosis.
The treatment of adrenal insufficiency is pharmacological substitution therapy, thanks to which existing hormonal deficiencies are compensated. In the case of primary hypothyroidism it is treated with prescribed by a doctor glucocorticosteroids, mineralocorticosteroids and sometimes androgens, while secondary hypothyroidism requires administration of glucocorticosteroids and androgens.
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