Adrenal insufficiency can be a primary or secondary disorder occurring from a hormone deficiency or suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis from various etiologies. The diagnosis can be challenging given the lack of specificity and indolence of symptoms. Diarrhea is not a typical presenting symptom of adrenal insufficiency and can be overlooked as an infectious disease during an adrenal crisis. Herein we present a patient with an undiagnosed adrenal insufficiency who presented with subacute diarrhea during an adrenal crisis after a dental procedure and esophagogastroduodenoscopy.
Tagliaferri, Ariana; Aiken, Arielle; Patel, Madhav; and Singhal, Monisha
"Acute Diarrhea Isn’t Always Infectious: An Atypical Presentation of Adrenal Insufficiency,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 13:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol13/iss1/8