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Does recovery of adrenal function occur in patients with autoimmune Addison's disease?
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PMID:  21114513     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective  We earlier discovered partial recovery in a patient with autoimmune Addison's disease. The aim of this study was to assess the occurrence of adrenocortical recovery in patients with autoimmune adrenalitis. Design  Cross-sectional study. Patients  Twenty-seven adult patients with autoimmune Addison's disease on stable glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid replacement therapy (RT) attending the Department of Endocrinology of a university teaching hospital were included in this study. Methods  Adrenocortical function was assessed by performing an adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) (250 μg Synacthen) stimulation test (SST) after interruption of current glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid RT. A normal adrenal response was defined as a serum cortisol concentration ≥500 nm 30 or 60 min after stimulation. Partial recovery was defined as a cortisol concentration ≥100 and ≤500 nm after stimulation. Results  In 17 patients (63%), serum cortisol concentrations remained undetectable 30 and 60 min after the administration of ACTH. None of the remaining 10 participants had a normal response. Only one patient reached a cortisol concentration of 100 nm after 60 min, but this could not be confirmed during a second SST. Conclusions  In this cross-sectional study among 27 patients with autoimmune adrenalitis, no new cases of adrenocortical recovery were found.
Lisanne C C J Smans; Pierre M J Zelissen
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical endocrinology     Volume:  74     ISSN:  1365-2265     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Endocrinol. (Oxf)     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-03-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0346653     Medline TA:  Clin Endocrinol (Oxf)     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  434-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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