This guide outlines the role of the GP in managing Addison’s disease at each stage in the UK patient life cycle from diagnosis to old age. It has been developed for the ADSHG by our Clinical Advisory Panel (ACAP), led by Professor John Wass.

The leaflet covers the following information:

  1. Diagnosis
  2. Medication management
  3. Patient education for emergency prevention
  4. Emergency treatment
  5. Monitoring for 'Addison's Plus'
  6. Care in special circumstances

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You may also be interested in a companion leaflet Diagnosing Addison's Disease : A Guide For GPs.

The Addison’s Clinical Advisory Panel (ACAP) is a group of endocrinologists with an interest in adrenal medicine. It advises the ADSHG on medical matters. This leaflet was authored by: Prof John Wass Churchill Hospital, Oxford; Dr Trevor Howlett Leicester Royal Infirmary; Prof Wiebke Arlt University Hospital, Birmingham; Prof Simon Pearce Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle; Prof John Monson St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

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Last updated: Jan 2024