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Adrenal Crisis Symptoms & Diagnosis


If you experience any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to adrenal crisis. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you experience any one of them, see your physician.

  • Weakness
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Low blood pressure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Confusion or coma
  • Diarrhea
  • Bluish skin color
  • Dehydration
  • Shock


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include the following:

  • Blood tests to measure hormone levels (ACTH, cortisol). The test will look at: look at:
    • Red blood cells
    • Glucose electrolytes levels
    • Autoimmune or endocrine disorders
  • Chest x-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen –a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body
  • ACTH stimulation test to confirm the diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency

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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