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What is polyendocrine deficiency syndrome?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Polyendocrine deficiency syndrome is classified into two separate forms, type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 is inherited and occurs in children. In addition to adrenal insufficiency, these children may have:

Underactive parathyroid glands, which produce hormone that regulates calcium and phosphorus balance in the body Slow sexual development Pernicious anemia, a severe type of anemia Chronic candida infections, a type of fungal infection Chronic active hepatitis, a liver disease

Type 2, sometimes called Schmidt's syndrome, usually affects young adults and may include:

An underactive thyroid gland, which produces hormones that regulate metabolism Slow sexual development Diabetes Vitiligo, a loss of pigment on areas of the skin.

 This answer is based on source  information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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