adrenal crisis

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Acute adrenocortical insufficiency characterized by headache, nausea, vomiting, rapid weak pulse, circulatory collapse, and coma. It may occur in response to the additional stress of dental treatment in patients with adrenal suppression or who are being treated with cortisone therapy. Treatment is by intravenous or intramuscular hydrocortisone and oxygen.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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