Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) deficiency

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ACTH deficiency is a type of hypopituitarism hormone deficiency in which not enough cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands. Learn about how it is diagnosed and managed in children.

Key points

  • Hypopituitarism is a condition where the pituitary gland does not produce one or more pituitary hormones, or it does not produce enough hormones.
  • ACTH signals the adrenal glands to produce cortisol; when there is an ACTH deficiency, there is a lack of cortisol produced which is also known as adrenal insufficiency.
  • If not enough cortisol is being made, your child will be given hydrocortisone.
  • When your child is ill or under physical stress they will need extra hydrocortisone.
  • Children with ACTH deficiency should wear a Medical Alert Device that reads "adrenal insufficiency".
Last updated: November 28th 2022