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What causes adrenal insufficiency?

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Adrenal Insufficiency is quite complicated and can be caused by about 50 different conditions. The most common cause of adrenal insufficiency today is an autoimmune problem, when your immune system malfunctions and attacks and damages your own body. In this case, your adrenal glands. Less common causes include:

  • Fungal infections
  • Tuberculosis
  • A virus called cytomegalovirus, which is more common in people with AIDS
  • Cancer that has spread from another part of the body

From: What Is Adrenal Insufficiency? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation: "Addison’s Disease."

Pituitary Network Association: "Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s Disease)."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Addison’s Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison’s Disease."

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation: "Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 12, 2019

SOURCES:

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation: "Addison’s Disease."

Pituitary Network Association: "Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s Disease)."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Addison’s Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison’s Disease."

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation: "Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 12, 2019

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