How is Addison’s disease diagnosed?
Symptoms for Addison’s disease often come on slowly. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for Addison's disease may include:
- laboratory blood tests to measure levels of corticosteroid hormone (cortisol) and the pituitary hormone ACTH, which regulates adrenal gland function
- an ACTH stimulation test to assess adrenal gland function
- measurement of electrolytes in the blood
Based on the results of these tests, your child’s doctor will be able to definitively diagnose whether he has Addison’s disease.
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