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Addison's Disease

Addison's Disease: Introduction

Addison's Disease: Addison's disease is a rare endocrine or hormonal disorder that affects about 1 in 100,000 people. It occurs in all age groups and afflicts men and women ... more about Addison's Disease.

Addison's Disease: A rare progressive hormonal disorder characterized by insufficient production of certain hormones called adrenal corticosteroids. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Addison's Disease is available below.

Symptoms of Addison's Disease

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Types of Addison's Disease

  • Primary Adrenal Insufficiency - 70%, autoimmune destruction of the adrenal cortex
  • Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency - caused by a tumor or another underlying cause.
  • Tuberculosis-caused Addison's
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Causes of Addison's Disease

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Article Excerpts about Addison's Disease

Addison's disease is a rare endocrine or hormonal disorder that affects about 1 in 100,000 people. It occurs in all age groups and afflicts men and women equally. The disease is characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and nonexposed parts of the body.

Addison's disease occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormone cortisol and in some cases, the hormone aldosterone. For this reason, the disease is sometimes called chronic adrenal insufficiency, or hypocortisolism. (Source: excerpt from Addison's Disease: NIDDK)

Definitions of Addison's Disease:

A glandular disorder caused by failure of function of the cortex of the adrenal gland and marked by anemia and prostration with brownish skin - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Addison's Disease is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Addison's Disease, or a subtype of Addison's Disease, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

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