Case Report

Persistent dizziness and recurrent syncope due to HIV-associated Addison’s disease: Case report from a resource-limited setting

D Kibirige, R Ssekitoleko, E Mutebi
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine | Vol 13, No 3 | a129 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhivmed.v13i3.129 | © 2012 D Kibirige, R Ssekitoleko, E Mutebi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 December 2012 | Published: 16 August 2012

About the author(s)

D Kibirige, Department of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Infectious Diseases Unit, Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
R Ssekitoleko, Department of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Infectious Diseases Unit, Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
E Mutebi, Department of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Endocrine Unit, Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital, Kampala, Uganda

Abstract

Addison’s disease or primary adrenal insufficiency is a well-recognised fatal endocrine condition among HIV-infected patients. HIV infection is associated with adrenal gland destruction and profound disruption of the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis. We describe a case of HIV-associated Addison’s disease in a 58-year-old newly diagnosed HIV-seropositive male patient, highlighting its occurrence in this era of HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Keywords

Addison’s disease, primary adrenal insufficiency, HIV, resource limited setting.

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