Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

1. Explain the regulation and physiologic roles of hormones produced by the adrenal glands.

2. Recognize the clinical presentation of patients with adrenal insufficiency.

3. Describe the pharmacologic management of patients with acute and chronic adrenal insufficiency.

4. Recommend therapy monitoring parameters for patients with adrenal insufficiency.

5. Recognize the clinical presentation of Cushing's syndrome and the physiologic consequences of cortisol excess.

6. Describe the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management of patients with Cushing's syndrome.

7. Recommend strategies to prevent the development of Cushing's syndrome associated with exogeneous glucocorticoid administration.

8. Recommend therapy monitoring parameters for patients with Cushing's syndrome.

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