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Addison's Disease Self-Help Group

Diagnosing Addison's: a guide for GPs

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About this Publication

This leaflet, 'Diagnosing Addison's: a guide for GPs', has been developed for the ADSHG by our Clinical Advisory Panel (ACAP), led by Professor John Wass. It outlines the role of the GP in the early detection of Addison's.


This leaflet covers the following information:


1. Symptoms and clinical signs
2. GP role in urgent admissions
3. GP role in patient screening
4. Primary care investigations
5. Referral to a secondary specialist
6. The differential diagnosis
7. Associated endocrine conditions
8. Potential pitfalls
9. Worst outcomes if missed
10. Epidemiology
11. Key questions for the GP
12. GP follow-up

The Addison’s Clinical Advisory Panel (ACAP) is a group of endocrinologists with an interest in adrenal medicine. It advises the ADSHG on medical matters. This leaflet was authored by: Prof John Wass Churchill Hospital, Oxford; Dr Trevor Howlett Leicester Royal Infirmary; Prof Wiebke Arlt University Hospital, Birmingham; Prof Simon Pearce Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle; Prof John Monson St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.


The leaflet is © ADSHG March 2013. It may be copied for personal use or by medical practitioners for the education of their patients. Otherwise it should not be reproduced without written permission of the ADSHG.

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