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Primary adrenal insufficiency

Adele Latina, Massimo Terzolo, Anna Pia, Giuseppe Reimondo, Elena Castellano, Micaela Pellegrino, Giorgio Borretta
Adrenal insufficiency is a potentially life-threatening condition when it occurs acutely, as in adrenal hemorrhage. Generally it is not reversible and requires chronic replacement therapy. Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is a rare genetic disease characterized by alterations in heme biosynthesis that result in accumulation of precursors in tissues. A crisis can be triggered by many conditions such as surgery and infections. Symptoms are similar to those of acute hypoadrenalism. Moreover, both conditions are characterized by hyponatremia...
2018: Case Reports in Endocrinology
Yoon-Myung Kim, Go Hun Seo, Gu-Hwan Kim, Jung Min Ko, Jin-Ho Choi, Han-Wook Yoo
BACKGROUND: Adrenal hypoplasia is a rare congenital disorder, which can be classified into a non-syndromic form, without extra-adrenal features, and a syndromic form, with such features. Despite biochemical and molecular genetic evaluation, etiologic diagnosis cannot be performed in many patients with adrenal hypoplasia. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient in this case was a boy born at 31 weeks of gestation with a weight of 882 g (< 3rd percentile) to non-consanguineous parents...
March 5, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Adriana Pané, Sabina Ruiz, Aida Orois, Daniel Martínez, Mattia Squarcia, Lydia Sastre, Pablo Ruiz, Joan Caballería, Mireia Mora, Felicia A Hanzu, Irene Halperin
Several mutations in the gene encoding apolipoprotein AI (apoAI) have been described as a cause of familial amyloidosis. Individuals with apoAI-derived (AApoAI) amyloidosis frequently manifest with liver, kidney, laryngeal, skin and myocardial involvement. Although primary hypogonadism (PH) is considered almost pathognomonic of this disease, until now, primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI) has not been described as a common clinical feature. Here, we report the first kindred with AApoAI amyloidosis in which PAI is well-documented...
February 15, 2018: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
Monisha Rameshbabu, Venkataseshan Sundaram, Naresh Sachdeva, Rama Walia, Shiv Sajan Saini, Sourabh Dutta
OBJECTIVES: Temporal relation between adrenal insufficiency and hypotension is poorly understood. We examined the association between basal and post-stimulation cortisol and death or vasopressor refractory hypotension in preterm neonates. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study in ≤30 weeks' and/or <1,250 g weight. Primary outcome-composite of death or vasopressor refractory hypotension by day 14 of life. Plasma cortisol levels were measured at 24-36 h (T1), 72-84 h (T2) and 10 days (T3), and post-stimulation cortisol at T1 and later at T2 and T3 if the adrenal response was inadequate earlier...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
David J Birnkrant, Katharine Bushby, Carla M Bann, Susan D Apkon, Angela Blackwell, David Brumbaugh, Laura E Case, Paula R Clemens, Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Shree Pandya, Natalie Street, Jean Tomezsko, Kathryn R Wagner, Leanne M Ward, David R Weber
Since the publication of the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) care considerations in 2010, multidisciplinary care of this severe, progressive neuromuscular disease has evolved. In conjunction with improved patient survival, a shift to more anticipatory diagnostic and therapeutic strategies has occurred, with a renewed focus on patient quality of life. In 2014, a steering committee of experts from a wide range of disciplines was established to update the 2010 DMD care considerations, with the goal of improving patient care...
January 23, 2018: Lancet Neurology
Satoshi Yoshiji, Kimitaka Shibue, Toshihito Fujii, Takeshi Usui, Keisho Hirota, Daisuke Taura, Mayumi Inoue, Masakatsu Sone, Akihiro Yasoda, Nobuya Inagaki
RATIONALE: Unilateral adrenalectomy as part of surgical resection of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is not thought to increase the risk of chronic adrenal insufficiency, as the contralateral adrenal gland is assumed to be capable of compensating for the lost function of the resected gland. However, recent studies have indicated that adrenalectomy might cause irreversible impairment of the adrenocortical reserve. We describe a case of chronic primary adrenal insufficiency in a 68-year-old man who previously underwent unilateral adrenonephrectomy, which was complicated by severe postoperative adrenal stress that involved cardiopulmonary disturbance and systemic infection...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Antje Notter, Stefan Jenni, Emanuel Christ
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Adrenal insufficiency is a dangerous clinical condition, leading to significant morbidity or mortality in situations with inadequate glucocorticoid replacement treatment. We aimed to assess preventive measures in adrenal insufficiency and the incidence and risk factors of adrenal crisis, as well as to test the patients' knowledge about their disease. METHODS: All patients in May and June 2016 and December 2016 and January 2017 with primary (17...
January 29, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
Satoshi Narumi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Monogenic disorders play significant roles in the pathogenesis of childhood-onset primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI). The most common form of PAI is congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), which includes the enzymatic defects of the steroidogenic pathway. This review focuses on less common forms of monogenic PAI (i.e. non-CAH monogenic PAI) with particular attention on their cause, clinical phenotypes and genetic epidemiology. RECENT FINDINGS: Non-CAH monogenic PAI can be classified into three major categories: first, adrenocorticotropic hormone resistance, second, impaired adrenal redox homeostasis and third, defective organogenesis of the adrenal glands...
January 25, 2018: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
Valentina Guarnotta, Alessandro Ciresi, Giuseppe Pillitteri, Carla Giordano
OBJECTIVE: Dual-release hydrocortisone (DR-HC) provides physiological cortisol exposure, leading to an improvement of anthropometric and metabolic parameters. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of DR-HC on insulin secretion and sensitivity and cardio metabolic risk, indirectly expressed by the visceral adiposity index (VAI). DESIGN AND PATIENTS: Retrospective analysis of 49 patients, 13 with primary and 36 with secondary adrenal insufficiency (AI) respectively, on conventional glucocorticoid treatment at baseline and switched to DR-HC for 36 months...
January 25, 2018: Clinical Endocrinology
Ken Takeshima, Hiroyuki Ariyasu, Tatsuya Ishibashi, Shintaro Kawai, Shinsuke Uraki, Jinsoo Koh, Hidefumi Ito, Takashi Akamizu
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an autosomal dominant multisystem disease affecting muscles, the eyes and the endocrine organs. Diabetes mellitus and primary hypogonadism are endocrine manifestations typically seen in patients with DM1. Abnormalities of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis have also been reported in some DM1 patients. We present a case of DM1 with a rare combination of multiple endocrinopathies; diabetes mellitus, a combined form of primary and secondary hypogonadism, and dysfunction of the HPA axis...
2018: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
Victor Brun Boesen, Thea Christoffersen, Torquil Watt, Stina Willemoes Borresen, Marianne Klose, Ulla Feldt-Rasmussen
INTRODUCTION: Patients with adrenal insufficiency have impaired health-related quality of life (QoL). The dual-release hydrocortisone preparation, Plenadren, has been developed to mimic the physiological cortisol release more closely than conventional hydrocortisone treatment. Plenadren has been shown to improve QoL, in particular fatigue, in patients with primary adrenal insufficiency. However, the effect has not been investigated in patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency; furthermore, no study has taken the diurnal variation of fatigue into account...
January 23, 2018: BMJ Open
David R Spiegel, Aaron B Nelson, David C Lieb, Alexander M Pattison, Justin Smith, Patrice Zigrossi, Erin Godbout
Adrenal insufficiency is divided into three types based on the etiology of its development. In primary adrenal insufficiency, pathology resides in end-organ failure at the level of the adrenal cortex, while in secondary and tertiary adrenal insufficiency, impairment rests in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, respectively. Regardless of etiology, adrenal insufficiency results in a hypocortisolemic condition. While the relationship between neuropsychiatric symptoms, especially psychosis, and hypercortisolemia has been extensively documented, the development of hypocortisolemia-induced psychosis is less common...
September 2017: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Fariba Karimi
Introduction: Primary adrenal lymphoma is rare, with a few cases reported in the literature. Most often it manifests as bilateral adrenal lesions and adrenal insufficiency is a common complication. Case Presentation: A 53-year-old male was referred with abdominal discomfort and darkening of the skin since 1 month prior to admission. His workups detected large bilateral adrenal masses. The patient was admitted due to hypotension, and was diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency...
October 2017: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Yves Reznik, Pascal Barat, Jérôme Bertherat, Claire Bouvattier, Frédéric Castinetti, Olivier Chabre, Philippe Chanson, Christine Cortet, Brigitte Delemer, Bernard Goichot, Damien Gruson, Laurence Guignat, Emmanuelle Proust-Lemoine, Marie-Laure Raffin Sanson, Rachel Reynaud, Dinane Samara Boustani, Dominique Simon, Antoine Tabarin, Delphine Zenaty
The French endocrinology society (SFE) and the French pediatric endocrinology society (DFSDP) have drawn up recommendations for the management of primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency in the adult and child, based on an analysis of the literature by 19 experts in 6 work-groups. A diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency should be suspected in the presence of a number of non-specific symptoms except hyperpigmentation which is observed in primary adrenal insufficiency. Diagnosis rely on plasma cortisol and ACTH measurement at 8am and/or the cortisol increase after synacthen administration...
February 2018: Annales D'endocrinologie
Jaafar Jaafar, Maria Mavromati, Jacques Philippe
Immune checkpoint Inhibitors are new immunomodulatory treatments that have proven their anti-tumor efficacy in several advanced cancers. Nevertheless, their use has paved the way for multiple immunological adverse effects that affect many systems and organs including endocrine glands such as the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and pancreas. Hypophysitis is the most common complication of anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibodies, while anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies cause more thyroid complications. Adrenal insufficiency and type 1 diabetes are relatively less common...
January 10, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Anna Rams, Marek Żółciński, Weronika Zastrzeżyńska, Stanisław Polański, Agnieszka Serafin, Joanna Wilańska, Jacek Musiał, Stanisława Bazan-Socha
Asthma therapy with monoclonal antibodies is a promising and effective approach for those with a severe and refractory type of disease. Although such a targeted therapy is considered to be safe, unusual complications may occur. We present a case of a 45 year-old female patient with severe allergic asthma and chronic spontaneous urticaria, who developed autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 2 (APS-2) after 26 months of omalizumab administration. The patient was diagnosed with primary adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis accompanied by autoimmune atrophic gastritis...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Tülay Güran
Primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by an impaired production of cortisol and other steroid hormones by the adrenal cortex. Most of the causes of PAI in childhood are inherited and monogenic in origin and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality whenever the diagnosis and treatment is delayed. Therefore, early and accurate diagnosis would allow appropriate management for the patients and genetic counselling for the family. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia accounts for most cases of PAI in childhood, followed by abnormalities in the development of the adrenal gland, resistance to adrenocorticotropin hormone action and adrenal destruction...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
C J Auernhammer, M Reincke
When investigating many endocrinological diseases, basal laboratory parameters are not sufficient to distinguish between physiological and pathological hormone secretion. Functional diagnostics plays a decisive role in this context. Stimulation and suppression tests are used depending on whether under- or over-function needs to be diagnosed. This review article discusses selected functional tests, each of which plays an important role in current guidelines. Indications and test principles, including their performance, reliability, and limitations, are discussed...
January 2018: Der Internist
L M Mongioì, R A Condorelli, S La Vignera, A E Calogero
OBJECTIVE: Adrenal insufficiency (AI) is a chronic condition associated with increased mortality and morbidity. The treatment of AI in the last years has been object of important changes due to the development of a dual-release preparation of hydrocortisone. It differs from previous therapeutic strategy as it contemplates a once-daily tablet that allows more closely mimicking the physiological circadian cortisol rhythm. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of dual-release hydrocortisone treatment on the glycometabolic profile and health-related quality of life of patients with AI...
January 2018: Endocrine Connections
Andrea M Isidori, Mary Anna Venneri, Chiara Graziadio, Chiara Simeoli, Daniela Fiore, Valeria Hasenmajer, Emilia Sbardella, Daniele Gianfrilli, Carlotta Pozza, Patrizio Pasqualetti, Stefania Morrone, Angela Santoni, Fabio Naro, Annamaria Colao, Rosario Pivonello, Andrea Lenzi
BACKGROUND: Conventional treatment of patients with adrenal insufficiency involves administration of glucocorticoids multiple times a day and has been associated with weight gain and metabolic impairment. The optimal glucocorticoid replacement therapy for these patients is highly debated because of the scarcity of evidence from randomised trials. We aimed to establish whether the timing and pharmacokinetics of glucocorticoid replacement therapy affect the metabolism and immune system of patients with adrenal insufficiency...
March 2018: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
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