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

James A Mitchell
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (6): 350-351.
Published online: 15 September 2008

To the Editor: The excellent article by Jung and Inder1 in a recent issue of the Journal contains a detailed discussion of different regimens proposed for glucocorticoid supplementation in the perioperative period and makes recommendations for the use of hydrocortisone therapy according to the degree of “surgical stress”. It is worth noting that, in many cases, these recommendations and the detailed advice of endocrinologists regarding individual patients are rendered moot by the changes in routine perioperative antiemetic therapy that have occurred in the past decade.

  • James A Mitchell

  • St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


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