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Adrenal Crisis Causes & Risks


Adrenal crisis may be caused by:

  • Rapid withdrawal from steroid therapy
  • Sepsis (bloodstream infection)
  • Surgical stress
  • Adrenal apoplexy (ie, bleeding into the adrenal glands)
  • Pituitary necrosis (damage to pituitary tissue)
  • Thyroid hormone replacement in someone with adrenal insufficiency

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. The following factors increase your chances of developing adrenal crisis. If you have any of these risk factors, tell your doctor:

  • Septic shock
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Use of steroid medications

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2024 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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