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How is Addison's disease different from other adrenal disorders?

There are two main types of adrenal disorders: primary and secondary. Addison's disease is also known as primary adrenal insufficiency. It is caused when the adrenal glands are damaged and, as a result, can't produce enough of certain hormones. This is different from secondary adrenal insufficiency, which is caused when the pituitary gland doesn't produce enough of the hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce their own hormones. Addison's disease is much less common than secondary adrenal insufficiency.

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