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January 4, 1971

Adrenal Insufficiency Following Bilateral Adrenal Venography

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY.

JAMA. 1971;215(1):115-116. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180140079017

Bilateral adrenal phlebography for the diagnostic study of hypertension led to prolonged severe bilateral flank pain. Adrenal insufficiency was unrecognized because its occurrence following adrenal phlebography had not previously been reported. Following discharge he became nauseated, weak, and severely hypotensive and responded only to hormonal replacement therapy. The patient subsequently failed to respond to corticotropin stimulation.