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Medical-Surgical Nursing (NUR1211) Adrenal Gland chart AMS

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Adrenal Gland chart AMS

Miami Dade College

Medical-Surgical Nursing (NUR1211)

ADRENOCORTICAL
INSUFFICIENCY (ACTH)
↓ Cortisol
ADRENOCORTICAL EXCESS (ACTH)
↑ Cortisol
Patho Addison’s disease
 Not enough cortisol because the
destruction of adrenal cortex
 Adrenalectomy
 Auto-immune
 TB, AIDS
 Sudden cessation of steroids use
 Addisonian crisis life-threatening
(Hypotension ,circ. Collapse, shock,
coma)
Cushing Syndrome
 Hyperfunction of adrenal gland cortex
causing ↑ serum cortisol or ACTH
(Adrenocorticotropic)
 Overmedication of corticosteroids (long term
use, Lupus, RA)
 Primary-tumor of adrenal cortex
 Secondary- diseases of pituitary or
hypothalamus gland.

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