Adrenal Insufficiency | Conditions We Treat | Pediatric Endocrinology Specialty | UC Davis Children's Hospital

Adrenal insufficiency (Addison’s disease)

The adrenal glands make several important hormones that support essential body functions. In people with adrenal insufficiency, the adrenal glands are not working correctly. This can be due to a problem with the adrenal glands themselves – in which case the condition is called Addison’s disease – or due to a problem with other glands and hormones that control the adrenals. Adrenal insufficiency can be present from birth but more often is acquired later during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.


People with adrenal insufficiency require treatment with hormone medications, and missing these medications can lead to serious problems including death. Treatment should be closely monitored by an endocrinologist.

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Clinic information

Our endocrine specialists provide diagnostics, consultations and treatment options in all areas of general endocrinology as well as providing expert care for specific endocrine disorders. Our specialty endocrinology clinics include:

Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic

2521 Stockton Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA

The pediatric endocrinology clinic is located in the Glassrock Building on the UC Davis Health campus.

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To see one of our specialists, a referral is required from your child’s primary care physician.