Origin of Addison's diseaseafter T. Addison (1793-1860), Eng physician who identified it
- Over time, the adrenal glands will shrink if they are not stimulated to make cortisol.
- Functions of cortisol - Regulating blood pressure, maintaining cardiovascular function, maintaining glucose levels, supporting immune functions and regulating the body's inflammatory response.
- Functions of aldosterone - Regulating sodium and potassium levels in the body, helping to maintain blood pressure.
- Symptoms - Fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle weakness, low blood pressure, salt cravings, nausea and darkening of the skin.
- Causes - Any disease that causes the adrenal cortex to be destroyed or partially destroyed can cause Addison’s disease.
- Diagnosis - The most common test for detecting Addison’s disease is the ACTH stimulation test.
- Treatment - Replacing the hormones that your body needs that are not being made by the adrenal glands.
- If left untreated, Addison’s disease can be fatal.
Facts About Addison's Disease
An example of Addison's disease is damage to the adrenal glands caused by tuberculosis, cancer and chronic infection.
a disease caused by failure of the adrenal glands: it is characterized by anemia, weakness, low blood pressure, and brownish discoloration of the skin
A disease caused by partial or total failure of adrenocortical function, which is characterized by a darkening of the skin and mucous membranes, anemia, weakness, and low blood pressure.
Origin of Addison's diseaseAfter Thomas Addison (1793-1860), British physician