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A 46-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have an adenoma on the adrenal gland?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 46 years experience
Benign tumor.: An adenoma is a benign (not cancer) growth on an adrenal gland. They are relatively common and can be picked up on a ct scan done for other reasons. While most don't make hormones, some do. That can result in excess cortisone, aldosterone or other hormones. If functional, they might need to be removed. Non-functional adenomas are usually left alone as they are not dangerous.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Secretory: An adrenal adenoma usually does not produce the usual adrenal hormones (corticosteroids or mineralocorticoids) but if does, it is called hyperfunctioning.
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Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr commented
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
The adenoma may produce aldosterone - which leads to hypertension and low potassium in the blood. Or it may produce a cortisone like hormone that leads to weight gain, diabetes, hypertension, and a host of other symptoms. Pheochromocytomas come from a different part of the adrenal and produce hypertension, palpitations, and so forth. As stated, most adenomas are not hyperfunctioning.
Feb 3, 2012
A 47-year-old member asked:

Could you please describe hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 44 years experience
Secreting hormones: Adrenal glands often get nodules/lumps/adenomas. They don't always secrete excess hormone. When they do, they can secrete aldosterone, norepinephrine, or cortisol. Each causes a syndrome: aldosteronoma, pheochromocytoma, cushing's. All include hypertension. If you have this, you should be seeing an endocrinologist.
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