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Synonyms of ACTH Deficiency
- adrenocorticotropic hormone deficiency, isolated
- No subdivisions found.
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
Organizations related to ACTH Deficiency
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