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FAMILIAL GLUCOCORTICOID DEFICIENCY
Familial Glucocorticoid Deficiency is a medical condition that occurs when there is insufficient production of the glucocorticoid hormone by the adrenal glands. The signs and symptoms of this disease often start as early as childhood. Children develop low sugar levels due to this disease. Common symptoms in children are :
• Deep hyper pigmentation of the skin
• Pallor, sweating , palpitations and anxiety
• Abdominal symptoms
• Vision changes
• Seizures and Coma
• Mood changes
In newborn the symptoms are irritability, respiratory distress, seizures and apnea.
HOW IS FAMILIAL GLUCOCORTICOID DEFICIENCY DIAGNOSED?
Prenatal diagnosis may be performed in case of family history. Endocrinologists may order for clinical tests that detect the level of serum morning cortisol levels. Genetic testing confirms diagnosis
HOW IS FAMILIAL GLUCOCORTICOID DEFICIENCY TREATED?
Treatment is performed with replacement therapy using hydrocortisone. An oral dosage of 10 to 12 mg in case of children and 20 to 30 mg in case of adults is recommended. The dosage is suggested to be increased in times of illness.
DID YOU KNOW?
Overtreatment may result in poor linear growth, hypertension, edema, euphoria, insomnia, headache, steroid-induced acne,
hyperglycemia, Cushing syndrome, peptic ulcers, and cataract formation.