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Waterhouse–Friderichsen syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Fatal pneumococcal Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
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Overview

Waterhouse–Friderichsen syndrome is adrenal gland failure due to bleeding into the adrenal gland. It is caused by severe meningococcal infection or other severe, bacterial infection. Symptoms include acute adrenal gland insufficiency, and profound shock.[1] Most patients with this condition are children, although adults may rarely be affected.[2] It is deadly if not treated immediately.[1]

Last updated: 1/8/2010

References

  1. Vorvick L, Vyas JM. Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000609.htm. Accessed 1/8/2010.
  2. Tritos NA. Adrenal Hemorrhage. eMedicine. 2008; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/126806-overview.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Fatal pneumococcal Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
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