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How is Addison's disease diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Addison's disease can actually be difficult to diagnose. Many times, the symptoms aren't too noticeable, and there isn't any one test that can confirm Addison's disease in every case. Instead, doctors will often do a combination of blood tests to measure the levels of sodium and potassium in the blood. They can also measure the levels of cortisol and corticotropin, which are two hormones affected by Addison's disease. If necessary, doctors may do other blood and urine tests to confirm the diagnosis.

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