Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 21, issue 3, P639-657 2007 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2007.06.001 View full text
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Gilbert G. Fareau, Rena Vassilopoulou-Sellin

Abstract: Hypercortisolemia is a condition involving a prolonged excess of serum levels of cortisol that can develop as a result of disregulatory abnormalities in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis or from exogenous-source steroids. Hypercortisolemia induces a state of immunocompromise that predisposes the patient to various bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections. To ensure optimal management of hypercortisolemia, the primary clinician must be cognizant of its different causes and aware of the different…

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