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What is Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome?

What is Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome?

  • Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: The malignant form of cerebrospinal meningitis.
  • Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: A condition caused by overwhelming BACTERIAL INFECTIONS or SEPTICEMIA, leading to HEMORRHAGE and NECROSIS of the ADRENAL GLAND. It is characterized by rapidly developing ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY; HYPOTENSION; and widespread cutaneous PURPURA. This syndrome may occur at any age but is more common in children.
    Source - Diseases Database

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

Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: Introduction

Types of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome:

Broader types of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome:

How serious is Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome?

Complications of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: see complications of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

What causes Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome?

Causes of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: see causes of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

What are the symptoms of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome?

Symptoms of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: see symptoms of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

Complications of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: see complications of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

Can anyone else get Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome?

More information: see contagiousness of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
Inheritance: see inheritance of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: Endocrinologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome.
Treatments for Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: see treatments for Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
Research for Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: see research for Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

Name and Aliases of Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

Main name of condition: Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

Other names or spellings for Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome:

Fatal pneumococcal Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

Hemorrhagic adrenalitis Source - Diseases Database

Fatal pneumococcal Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome:


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