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Endocrine Abstracts (2023) 91 P19 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.91.P19

SFEEU2023 Society for Endocrinology National Clinical Cases 2023 Poster Presentations (48 abstracts)

Heart failure as the index presentation of Addison’s disease: Case Report

Siphy Joseph

Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, United Kingdom

Background: Cardiac failure is an infrequently reported complication of Addison’s disease which is unique in its reversibility. We report a rare case of heart failure as the initial presentation of Addison’s disease.

Case Summary: A 39-year-old gentleman presented with classical features of heart failure and hypotension. His Echocardiogram showed moderately impaired left ventricular function. Addison’s disease was suspected due to hyponatremia, hyperkalaemia and low cortisol levels; A short synacten test confirmed this and he was started on dual therapy — hydrocortisone and fludrocortisone. His left ventricular function returned to normal in 5 days. He was followed up with hydrocortisone day curve.

Discussion: Heart failure is a rare but acknowledged complication of Addison’s disease. In majority of the cases, the cardiac dysfunction secondary to Addison’s disease is reversible with dual therapy of glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. Expeditious recognition and initiation of pharmacotherapy is crucial for the reversibility and resolution of symptoms.

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