Adrenal Crisis Questions & Answers

Updated: Feb 14, 2018
  • Author: Lisa Kirkland, MD, FACP, FCCM, MSHA; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is the difference between adrenal crisis and Addison disease?

Which hormones are involved in the pathophysiology of adrenal crisis?

What is the pathophysiology of adrenocortical insufficiency in adrenal crisis?

What is the incidence of adrenal crisis?

What is the mortality of adrenal crisis?

Presentation

What patient history is associated with adrenal crisis?

What is the presentation of adrenal crisis?

What causes adrenal crisis?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Adrenal Crisis?

Workup

Which lab studies are indicated in the workup of adrenal crisis?

Which imaging studies are indicated in the workup of adrenal crisis?

Which other tests are indicated in the workup of adrenal crisis?

What are the histologic findings in adrenal crisis?

Treatment

What is the medical treatment for adrenal crisis?

Which specialist consultations are indicated in the treatment of adrenal crisis?

Guidelines

What are the BSE guidelines on the diagnostic workup of adrenal crisis?

What are the BSE guidelines on the emergency treatment of adrenal crisis?

Medications

Which medications are used to treat adrenal crisis?

Which medications in the drug class Vasopressors are used in the treatment of Adrenal Crisis?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Adrenal Crisis?

Follow-up

What is the long-term care for patients with adrenal crisis?

What is the inpatient care for patients with adrenal crisis?

Which medications are indicated in the treatment of adrenal crisis?

What complications are associated with adrenal crisis?

What is the prognosis of adrenal crisis?

What is the patient education for adrenal crisis?