Cardiac tamponade preceding adrenal insufficiency--an unusual presentation of Addison's disease: a report of two cases.

@article{Torfoss1997CardiacTP,
  title={Cardiac tamponade preceding adrenal insufficiency--an unusual presentation of Addison's disease: a report of two cases.},
  author={Dag Torfoss and E von de Lippe and Dag Jacobsen},
  journal={Journal of internal medicine},
  year={1997},
  volume={241 6},
  pages={525-8}
}
Two cases of young healthy males presenting with cardiac tamponade and developing clinical adrenal insufficiency within a few weeks are described. On presentation they had a brisk inflammatory response with complement activation. Both had signs of subclinical hepatitis, and both have later shown evidence of thyroid involvement. The possibility of a connection between pericarditis and adrenal insufficiency is discussed.