Adrenal failure and gonadal failure
This section deals with the clinical condition adrenal failure
and gonadal failure, listing the relevant immunological tests,
together with a short explanation of their use.
Relevant immunological tests:
In this country, Addison's disease is most often due to
autoimmunity; the presence of antibodies to adrenal cortex suggests
an autoimmune cause. There may also be antibodies to steroid
producing cells of ovary and testis.
A small proportion of cases of premature menopause are due to
autoimmune oophoritis. Some of these patients also have adrenal
failure - the same tests are done for both.
(Last updated October 8th