The measurement of anti-adrenal antibodies is used in the evaluation of adrenal insufficiency and Addison's disease.
Antibodies against adrenal cortex cells, usually in all three zones, are observed in 60% of patients with Addison's idiopathic disease. These antibodies are found only in 5 to 17% of patients with tuberculosis, fungal, or metastatic adrenal destruction, and in 38% of cases of their unclassified damage. Anti-adrenal antibodies are also found in seemingly unrelated pathological conditions such as idiopathic hypothyroidism (28% of cases) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (7%).
See also: 21-Hydroxylase Antibodies
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