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ACTH Deficiency


Synonyms of ACTH Deficiency
  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Deficiency, Isolated

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    ACTH deficiency arises as a result of decreased or absent production of adrenocorticotropic
    hormone (ACTH) by the pituitary gland. A decline in the concentration of ACTH in the blood
    leads to a reduction in the secretion of adrenal hormones, resulting in adrenal
    insufficiency (hypoadrenalism). Adrenal insufficiency leads to weight loss, lack of
    appetite (anorexia), weakness, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure (hypotension).
    Because these symptoms are so general, the diagnosis is sometimes delayed or missed
    entirely. For that reason, some clinicians believe the disorder to be more common than
    previously thought.

    Organizations related to ACTH Deficiency
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
      Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
      Bethesda MD 20892-3570
      Phone #: 301-654-3810
      800 #: --
      e-mail: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niddk.nih.gov



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