Adrenal failure in fulminant meningococcal septicaemia: a clinical reality

Scand J Infect Dis. 1990;22(6):755-6. doi: 10.3109/00365549009027135.


Current teaching is that adrenal failure is not a feature of meningococcal sepsis, and that cortisol levels are generally elevated. A case of fulminant meningococcal septicaemia in a 14-year-old boy is described. This patient had low/borderline cortisol levels, which normalised within some days.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adrenal Gland Diseases / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Hydrocortisone / blood
  • Male
  • Meningococcal Infections / complications*
  • Sepsis / complications*


  • Hydrocortisone