This report is made to change a conception of prognosis in Addison's disease complicated by infection. Undoubtedly, many physicians have seen patients with Addison's disease survive infections. Usually such subjects are treated as though they were in crisis. This man had been controlled with desoxycorticosterone and had returned to work when seized with lobar pneumonia. He was continued on the same dose of the synthetic hormone plus 5 cc. of adrenal cortex extract1 daily and made a rapid, complete recovery.
We feel that this result further confirms the efficiency of the substitution therapy with desoxycorticosterone in Addison's disease and that infection should not upset these patients too much, provided a specific treatment is available for the infection.
REPORT OF CASE
A white man of 38, a salesman, entered Henrotin Hospital May 8, 1939, with the complaint of weakness, dizziness, loss of appetite and loss in weight. He had been
Ford K. Hick, Broda O. Barnes. RAPID RECOVERY FROM TYPE XIII LOBAR PNEUMONIA TREATED WITH RABBIT SERUMOF A PATIENT WITH ADDISON'S DISEASE UNDER TREATMENT WITH DESOXYCORTICOSTERONE. JAMA. 1939;113(21):1875. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800460001008