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Acta Medica Colombiana

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ZULUAGA-QUINTERO, Mónica et al. Exogenous Cushing's syndrome and adrenal insufficiency related to consumption of alternative medicinal product. Acta Med Colomb [online]. 2017, vol.42, n.4, pp.243-246. ISSN 0120-2448.

Adrenal insufficiency is an endocrinopathy whose main cause is due to the deficiency in the production of adrenocorticotropic hormone, usually explained by iatrogenic factors and in a smaller number of cases to the primary defect of the adrenal gland (Adisson's disease). Diagnosis and the search for a specific etiology is very important, given the long-term implications involved by the need of hormone replacement, management in critical conditions, risk of death and the compromise of work activity. The case of a woman who consulted for excessive weight gain, signs of hypercortisolism and hypertension, is presented. A probable exogenous source of steroids was documented, finding a suppressed serum cortisol. Two years before she was receiving artrivid PLUS, a natural product for joint pain management. After stopping this medication, she presented symptoms compatible with adrenal insufficiency, requiring the resumption of prednisolone, with clinical improvement and achieving its subsequent gradual removal. (Acta Med Colomb 2017; 42: 243-246).

Keywords : adrenal glands; hydrocortisone; Cushing's syndrome.

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