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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 2014)