Glossary -   Adrenal crisis



This is a life-threatening state in which the body is not making enough cortisol. Babies with classic CAH may have frequent adrenal crises if they are not treated. They are also at risk for adrenal crises during illness or times of stress if their medication is not increased. Symptoms of adrenal crisis include: dizziness, paleness and sweating (if blood sugar is low), abdominal pain, vomiting, low blood pressure, dehydration, confusion, rapid heart beat, and, if not treated, coma and possibly death.