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Acute Adrenal Crisis

Causes of Acute Adrenal Crisis

For patients with Addison’s disease, primary adrenal insufficiency and secondary adrenal insufficiency, failure to control the condition is one of the causes of acute adrenal crisis. Each of these diseases increases a patient’s risk of low cortisol levels.

Cortisol is regulated by the pituitary gland and produced by the adrenal gland.  Typically, damage or disease to either of these glands can interrupt the flow of cortisol. Also, when patients with adrenal insufficiency do not properly manage the disorder.

Other risk factors that can cause acute adrenal crisis in patients with these preexisting conditions include the following list of risk factors:

  • Dehydration
  • Trauma to the body
  • Infection
  • Surgery
  • Stress or physical stress on the body
  • Injury to the pituitary or adrenal gland
  • Hydrocortisone or prednisone treatment that is stopped too abruptly


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Addison’s disease, or adrenal insufficiency, schedule an appointment today to ensure you correctly manage your condition to avoid acute adrenal crisis.



Locations for Acute Adrenal Crisis