Adrenocorticotropic hormone deficiency, or hypoadrenalism, is a condition where the body is not producing enough adrenocorticotropic hormone or is not producing it at all. This condition often leads to muscle weakness and weight loss due to lack of appetite. Patients also experience frequent nausea and vomiting and are typically hypotensive or have low blood pressure.
The adrenocorticotropic hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and its deficiency can be influenced by genetics or can be caused by acquired conditions. Since hypoadrenalism shares symptoms with other disorders, such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia and Addison’s disease, accurate diagnosis is extremely important so patients are able to receive correct, targeted treatment. The standard treatment for this condition is hormone replacement therapy with cortisol. Such treatment allows patients to lead a normal life.
Hormone replacement therapy is widely available in many hospitals in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Many of these medical facilities feature state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories allowing them to deliver accurate diagnoses. These institutions understand the need for complete and accurate tests for detecting hormonal deficiency and strive to provide the most appropriate treatment.
Aside from accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, Southeast Asian countries mentioned above also strive to make medical travel as hassle-free as possible for international patients. As such, additional or complimentary services, such as travel assistance and translation services are offered when needed.
Since hormone replacement therapy does not require hospitalisation, medical tourists can also indulge in leisure activities to make the most out of their visit. They may enjoy some of the world’s best-known white sand beaches in Thailand, go sight-seeing in Malaysia, or be amazed by Singapore’s exceptional architectural icons and world-class theme parks.