ACTH Deficiency

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Deficiency, Isolated

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

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
previously thought.

Resources

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
Tel: (301)654-3810
Fax: (301)496-7422
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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