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Other Names for this Disease
- Addison disease
- Adrenal aplasia
- Adrenal gland hypofunction
- Adrenal hypoplasia
- Hypoadrenocorticism familial
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Addison's disease is a condition that occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of their hormones. This condition can be caused by damage to the adrenal glands, autoimmune conditions, and certain genetic conditions. Some of the symptoms include changes in blood pressure, chronic diarrhea, darkening of the skin, paleness, extreme weakness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, salt craving, and weight loss. Treatment with replacement corticosteroids usually controls the symptoms.
- Eckman AS. Addison's disease. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000378.htm. Accessed April 28, 2011.
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