Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

 Central adrenal insufficiency in children and adolescents
Central adrenal insufficiency (CAI) is a life-threatening condition caused by either pituitary disease (secondary adrenal insufficiency) or impaired hypothalamic function with inadequate CRH production (tertiary adrenal insufficiency). ACTH deficiency may be isolated or, more frequently, occur in conjunction with other pituitary hormone deficiencies and midline defects. Genetic mutations of the TBX19 causing isolated CAI are rare but a number of genes encoding transcription factors involved in hypothalamic-pituitary gland development, as well as other genes including POMC and PC1, are associated with ACTH deficiency.