Management of adrenal insufficiency during the stress of medical illness and surgery

Ann M Maguire, Maria E Craig and Christopher T Cowell
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02070.x
Published online: 15 September 2008

To the Editor: The recent article by Jung and Inder1 provides sensible advice for the safe management of adults with adrenal insufficiency (AI) during illness and surgery, without risking adrenal crisis or excessive steroid dosing. However, the authors make no reference to paediatric practice and no guidelines have been provided for the body-size-related steroid doses required in paediatric patients with AI, either for routine steroid replacement or during illness and surgery. It is important that doctors be aware that the doses recommended by Jung and Inder are not suitable for children with AI.

  • Ann M Maguire1
  • Maria E Craig1,2
  • Christopher T Cowell1

  • 1 Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group.



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