2018 Volume 57 Issue 23 Pages 3399-3406
A 69-year-old Japanese man with a history of suprasellar surgery and irradiation developed bradykinesia and mild fatigue without muscle weakness, myalgia, pyramidal or extrapyramidal signs, parkinsonian symptoms, or ataxia. An endocrinological work-up revealed anterior hypopituitarism associated with secondary adrenal insufficiency. Higher brain function tests indicated an impaired frontal lobe function. The patient's bradykinesia, fatigue, and frontal lobe dysfunction improved within 2 weeks after the initiation of corticosteroid replacement therapy. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of adrenal insufficiency manifesting as non-parkinsonian bradykinesia. Physicians should consider reversible non-parkinsonian bradykinesia associated with frontal lobe dysfunction as an unusual manifestation of adrenal insufficiency.