Acute Adrenal Insufficiency in Association With Pancreatic Carcinoma
Claude K. Lardinois, MD;
Cynthia L. Zeng, MD;
Maureen K. Marshall, MD
Arch Fam Med. 1993;2(11):1194-1197.
Addison's disease secondary to metastatic cancer to the adrenal gland is underdiagnosed. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential and could enhance the quality of life. Cases of adrenal insufficiency produced by metastatic carcinoma are unusual, despite the frequency of carcinomatous metastases to the adrenal glands. The clinical features of adrenal insufficiency are relatively nonspecific and can be easily overlooked in a patient with a malignant neoplasm. We report herein the case of a middle-aged man who presented with adrenal insufficiency in association with pancreatic carcinoma. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of adrenal insufficiency occurring with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.
From the loannis A. Lougaris Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dr Lardinois) and the Departments of Medicine and Physiology, University of Nevada School of Medicine (Drs Lardinois, Zeng, and Marshall), Reno.