2009 Volume 48 Issue 15 Pages 1297-1300
We herein report a rare occurrence of Addison's disease caused by acute adrenal gland tuberculosis occurring in association with miliary tuberculosis and the administration of rifampicin. An 82-year-old woman with miliary tuberculosis was treated with antituberculous chemotherapeutic agents including rifampicin (RFP), but she still demonstrated general malaise in addition to hyponatremia. Abdominal CT showed an enlargement of the right adrenal gland. However, after discontinuing RFP, the patient's symptoms improved. We carefully reinitiated the administration of RFP. The patient's condition thereafter did not worsen, and the treatment could thus be maintained. It is extremely important to immediately recognize adrenal crisis precipitated by the administration of RFP.