Gennaio 2016 - Volume XXXV - numero 1
1IRCCS Materno-Infantile “Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste; 2Università di Trieste
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Key words: Adrenal crisis, Mortality, Primary adrenal insufficiency, Secondary adrenal insufficiency
Adrenal insufficiency is a rare condition in childhood. Clinical characteristics of adrenal insufficiency in children may be non-specific. Therefore, the diagnosis may be suspected late. If unrecognized, adrenal insufficiency may present with life-threatening cardiovascular collapse. In this article, current knowledge of the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of adrenal insufficiency in children and factors precipitating adrenal crisis are summarized.
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