polyendocrine(redirected from polyendocrine gland failure)
pertaining to several endocrine glands.
polyendocrine autoimmune disease the combination of endocrine and nonendocrine autoimmune diseases. In type I, which usually begins at age 10 to 12 years, symptoms include candidiasis, hypoparathyroidism, and primary adrenal insufficiency. Pernicious anemia, vitiligo, gonadal failure, alopecia, and chronic hepatitis may also occur. Type II is better known as schmidt's syndrome.
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