Our leaflet, 'Diagnosing Addison's: a guide for GPs', has been developed for the ADSHG by our Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP), led by Professor John Wass. It outlines the role of the GP in the early detection of Addison's.

This leaflet covers the following information:

  1. Symptoms and clinical signs
  2. GP role in urgent admissions
  3. GP role in patient screening
  4. Primary care investigations
  5. Referral to a secondary specialist
  6. The differential diagnosis
  7. Associated endocrine conditions
  8. Potential pitfalls
  9. Worst outcomes if missed
  10. Epidemiology
  11. Key questions for the GP
  12. GP follow-up

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(Black and White version that includes new accessibility improvements to support people with visual impairments). 

The Addison’s Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP) 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.

Further diagnosis resources
  • Consultation Reference Guide: the Society for Endocrinology and ADSHG Consultation Reference Guide is a useful resource for diagnosis (what tests to undergo and what they mean) as well as for follow up reviews, treatment planning and monitoring. This Guide is intended for general guidance and may not apply to all patients or local services so please check and discuss with your endocrine team.
  • YouTube video: watch our 2 minute video 'Diagnosis & Management of Addison's Disease' made in collaboration with CoMCS
  • What is Addison's Disease webpage

If you're a healthcare professional looking to learn more about Addison's and adrenal insufficiency, visit our medics page for more resources to support you and your patients.

Updated July 2020