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Acute adrenal crisis

  • Alternative Names

    Adrenal crisis; Addisonian crisis; Acute adrenal insufficiency


    Symptoms
    • Abdominal pain
    • Confusion or coma
    • Darkening of the skin
    • Dehydration
    • Dizziness or light-headedness
    • Fatigue
    • Flank pain
    • Headache
    • High fever
    • Joint pain
    • Loss of appetite
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Low blood pressure
    • Nausea
    • Profound weakness
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Rapid respiratory rate (see tachypnea)
    • Shaking chills
    • Skin rash or lesions
    • Slow, sluggish movement
    • Unintentional weight loss
    • Unusual and excessive sweating on face or palms
    • Vomiting

    Signs and tests
    • ACTH (cosyntropin) stimulation test
    • Cortisol level
    • Fasting blood sugar
    • Serum potassium
    • Serum sodium