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The Waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome, symptoms, complications and treatment methods

Updated on February 28, 2012

Last week I was providing content for a health website when I happened to research on several disorders posing threat to the human health, in recent times. In today’s changing environmental conditions and pollution filled ambiance everywhere, it has become difficult for everyone to maintain a healthy and fit body. As you grow up, several disorders creep up to make your life miserable. In this particular hub, I would like to share about the diseases of the adrenal glands and waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome in particular. I have checked for any hubs written on waterhouse syndrome and did not find any as of now. So I think this is the first hub, at this point of time, to throw some light on the diseases of the adrenal glands and waterhouse syndrome in particular. The name of this syndrome is a combination of the names of two doctors who have written papers on this subject, namely Rupert Waterhouse and Carl Friderichsen.

What is waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome?

Waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome is one of the important diseases of the adrenal glands. It is caused due to the formation of the bacterium in the adrenal glands, making the glands to bleed and fail working. The adrenal glands get severely infected with meningococcus or staphylococcus. In addition to this bacterial infection, waterhouse syndrome can also be caused by the blood influencing medication. For instance, if you have used any medication for blood clotting, it might result in the formation of waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome.

How does waterhouse syndrome affect your health?

The functionality of the adrenal glands is widely affected by this syndrome. As you know, adrenal glands are the two glands inside your body and placed above the kidneys. The system is divided into 2 portions, namely cortex on the outer portion and the medulla in the inner portion. Cortex is responsible for the productions of important hormones. Cortisol is an essential hormone produced by these glands and this hormone is controlled by the pituitary glands in the brain.

What are the symptoms of waterhouse syndrome?

People affected with Waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome experience dehydration and dizziness on a frequent manner. Bleeding is a common scene. In addition, there is a blue tinge on the mouth and the complexion starts becoming pale. At this stage you experience high fever, chills, headache, backache and weight-loss due to loss of appetite etc. These symptoms can be followed by a kind of shock and coma. This can lead to damage of brain and needs immediate treatment.

Best Treatment for waterhouse Syndrome

This is a dreadful situation and needs immediate treatment. The best treatment for Waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome is to inject antibiotics through the vein. Cortisone injections have proven to be effective for this syndrome. The treatment for this condition should be given by a experienced doctor so that these complications can be effectively resolved.

Prevention is always the best medicine for any disease of disorder and waterhouse syndrome is not excluded. It is important to maintain your health in the right manner to prevent any diseases of the adrenal glands.


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      6 years ago

      Thank you for giving this kind of informations.

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      6 years ago

      Very threatening disease with a mortality rate of 55-60%.

      ( source: ) Most commonly caused by a meningococcus infection, it is considered as a very rare disease.

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      6 years ago from India

      Yes, with so many diseases and disorders, it is important to understand what each symptom relate to, so that we can take the necessary steps to prevent these conditions in the initial stages. Thank you for commenting.

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      6 years ago from Ireland

      This is good information to have. It sounds like a dreadful and very threatening disease. We can never have enough information, I think, so thanks for bringing this to HubPages.


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