Acute Adrenal Insufficiency in the Perioperative Period: A Case Report

Kunal Karamchandani, Jarrett Leathem, Elizabeth H. Sinz

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Acute adrenal insufficiency is a rare but potentially life-threatening event during the perioperative period. The usual manifestations of an acute adrenal crisis can mimic common postoperative complications and a high index of suspicion is required for the diagnosis. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can be lifesaving. We present the case of a 65-year-old man who, after a partial nephrectomy, developed acute adrenal insufficiency, which remained undiagnosed in the postoperative period, eventually leading to cardiac arrest. This case highlights the need for perioperative physicians to have a watchful eye for diagnosing and treating this uncommon yet lethal condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-65
Number of pages3
JournalA&A practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)


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