MICHAEL L. TAPPER, M.D.; HEIDRUN Z. ROTTERDAM, M.D.; CHESTER W. LERNER, M.D.; KATHLEEN AL'KHAFAJI, M.D.; PETER A. SEITZMAN, M.D.
Since 1980, the medical community has seen an epidemic of opportunistic infections and unusual malignancies now known as the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. In autopsies done on ten patients who died of this syndrome at the Lenox Hill Hospital, we have noted adrenal necrosis to be a strikingly common finding in male homosexual patients with evidence of localized or disseminated cytomegalovirus infection at the time of death. We report our findings to alert clinicians to the frequency of "adrenalitis" and the potential for adrenal insufficiency in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Between March 1981 and March 1983, complete autopsies were
TAPPER ML, ROTTERDAM HZ, LERNER CW, AL'KHAFAJI K, SEITZMAN PA. Adrenal Necrosis in the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:239–241. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-2-239
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