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I have adrenal tumor. if left untreated, what effect will it have on my long-term health?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Depends: Depends on the size of the tumor and whether or not it's doing anything (producing any hormone). If the tumor is small and it is a non-functioning tumor, you might not have to do anything about it and can live a normal life with no effect on your life expectancy. There are many people who currently has an adrenal tumor and might not even know it.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Possibly: Adrenal tumors are separated into four basic groups: hyperplasia; benign (adenoma), malignant (cortical carcinoma), and metastatic or secondary. If you have a history of a malignancy, it is possible it represents a metastatic tumor. If this is an "incidental" finding, discovered during evaluation for something else, is <4 cm, and looks "classic" for adrenal tissue, then you are probably ok.

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