The clinical importance of adrenal insufficiency in acute hepatic dysfunction

  title={The clinical importance of adrenal insufficiency in acute hepatic dysfunction},
  author={R. Harry and G. Auzinger and J. Wendon},
  • R. Harry, G. Auzinger, J. Wendon
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • Hepatology
  • Acute liver failure and septic shock share many clinical features, including hyperdynamic cardiovascular collapse. Adrenal insufficiency may result in a similar cardiovascular syndrome. In septic shock, adrenal insufficiency, defined using the short synacthen test (SST), is associated with hemodynamic instability and poor outcome. We examined the SST, a dynamic test of adrenal function, in 45 patients with acute hepatic dysfunction (AHD) and determined the association of these results with… CONTINUE READING
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