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- chronic adrenocortical insufficiency
- primary adrenal insufficiency
- primary failure adrenocortical insufficiency
Addison's disease is a rare disorder characterized by inadequate production of the steroid hormones cortisol and aldosterone by the two outer layers of cells of the adrenal glands (adrenal cortex). The symptoms of classic Addison's disease, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency, result from the insufficient production of these two hormones, cortisol and aldosterone. Major symptoms include fatigue, gastrointestinal abnormalities, and changes in skin color (pigmentation). Behavior and mood changes may also occur in some individuals with Addison's disease. Increased excretion of water and low blood pressure (hypotension) can lead to extremely low concentrations of water in the body (dehydration). The symptoms of Addison's usually develop slowly, but sometimes can develop rapidly, a serious condition called acute adrenal failure. In most cases, Addison's disease occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the adrenal glands causing slowly progressive damage to the adrenal cortex.
Addison's Disease Self-Help Group (UK)
- P.O. Box 1083
- Guildford, Surrey, GU1 9HX
- United Kingdom
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- Website: http://www.addisons.org.uk
American Autoimmune & Related Diseases
- 22100 Gratiot Ave.
- Eastpointe, MI 48021
- Tel: (586)776-3900
- Fax: (586)776-3903
- Tel: (800)598-4668
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- Website: http://www.aarda.org/
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/autoimmunityforum
Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.
- PO Box 4121
- Brick, NJ 8723
- Fax: (732)543-7285
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CARES Foundation, Inc.
- 2414 Morris Avenue, Suite 110
- Union, NJ 7083
- Tel: (908)364-0272
- Fax: (908)686-2019
- Tel: (866)227-3737
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.caresfoundation.org
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Support Group
- PO Box 66
- Hauraki, 3641
- New Zealand
- Tel: 6433584507
- Fax: 6433584506
- Tel: 800224698
- Email: CAHNZ@snap.net.nz
- Website: http://www.cah.org.nz/
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
- PO Box 8126
- Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
- Tel: (301)251-4925
- Fax: (301)251-4911
- Tel: (888)205-2311
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Hormone Health Network Endocrine Society
- 2055 L Street NW
- Suite 600
- Washington, DC 20036
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Hypoparathyroidism Association, Inc.
- PO Box 2258
- Idaho Falls, ID 83403
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- Fax: (205)524-3857
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MedicAlert Foundation International
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NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
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National Adrenal Diseases Foundation
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- Great Neck, NY 11021
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- Fax: (516)829-5710
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