A 46-year-old female asked:
How should an adrenal adenoma be treated ? i had a submandibleand mixed tumor removed at dr's suggestion. mother died of adrenal cancer
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Family Medicine 38 years experience
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General Surgery 34 years experience
Blood ; urine tests: Adrenal masses should very rarely be biopsied. Pheochromocytoma, an adrnealine producing tumor, must always be excluded prior to biopsy. Adrenal masses are diagnosed by imaging (ct and mri) blood and urine test. Biopsy is probably only indicated in patients with known history of cancer and suspicion for metastasis to adrenal.
If chemically active or growing surgery is usually indicated.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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