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May 1966

Addison's Disease Following Combined Chemotherapy for Hyperfunctioning Adrenocortical Carcinoma

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine, Meadowbrook Hospital, East Meadow, NY.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(5):673-676. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870110065013

CARCINOMA of the adrenal cortex is extremely malignant. The neoplastic and endocrine behavior of the tumor both determine the course of the disease in the patient.1 Success in producing a remission of both of these manifestations in a patient by use of a combination of chemotherapeutic agents, forms the basis of the present report. In addition, this is the first documentation of Addison's disease resulting from chemotherapy of a hyperfunctioning adrenal carcinoma.

Report of Case  A 17-year-old woman was first seen in Meadowbrook Hospital in December 1964 because of abdominal pain of several days duration. In May 1963 the patient had rapidly developed Cushing's syndrome. At another hospital the diagnosis was confirmed by urinary steroid determinations. An intravenous pyelogram revealed a large mass above the left kidney but there was no evidence of metastases, and results of liver-function studies were normal. On June 19, 1963, an adrenocortical carcinoma weighing

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