Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Hydrocortisone-induced blood pressure reduction in a patient with anterior pituitary hypofunction: a case report


Hydrocortisone is widely used for the anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects and physiological substitute of endogenous glucocorticoid. Allergic reaction to hydrocortisone is infrequent, but once it occurs, it can affect the disease profile or survival of patients. The present study reported a case of hydrocortisone-induced blood pressure reduction in a patient with anterior pituitary hypofunction due to allergic reaction. The patient was admitted with burns. Anterior pituitary hypofunction was diagnosed during hospitalisation owing to persistent hyponatremia. During hydrocortisone intravenous administration, blood pressure was decreased to 70/40 mmHg, accompanied with flushed face and vasodilation. According to World Health Organization Uppsala Monitoring Centre (WHO-UMC) causality assessment and Naranjo scale, there was a probable relationship of reduced blood pressure with hydrocortisone. To the best of our knowledge, we have presented the first case of an anaphylaxis reaction of blood pressure reduction following hydrocortisone administration in the anterior pituitary hypofunction patient.

  • Case Reports
  • Pituitary-Adrenal System

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.