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Caring for a child with adrenal insufficiency

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  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2016
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This learning module explores adrenal insufficiency, an endocrine condition defined as the inadequate production or action of glucocorticoids, principally a steroid hormone called cortisol. The condition, although rare, carries the risk of adrenal crisis if the child becomes unwell as a result of intercurrent illness, injury or surgery. This module sets out the principles of emergency management at home and in hospital.

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Sinéad Moloney, Clinical nurse specialist, paediatric endocrinology, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin.
Nuala Murphy, Consultant paediatric endocrinologist, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin.
Jacqueline Collin, Lecturer, King’s College London.


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