A disease characterized by progressive anaemia, low blood pressure, great weakness, and bronze discoloration of the skin. It is caused by inadequate secretion of hormones by the adrenal cortex.
- Patients with hypothyroidism may have other autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Addison's disease, or pernicious anaemia.
- Relative, rather than absolute, leukocytosis occurs in a number of clinical situations, such as infancy, viral infections, connective tissue diseases, thyrotoxicosis and Addison's disease.
- In people with Addison's disease, the adrenal cortex is destroyed, leading to a deficiency or absence of the hormones it produces.
Mid 19th century: named after Thomas Addison (1793–1860), the English physician who described the disease.
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