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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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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Adrenal adenoma: Possible endocrine work-up, ct/mri of adrenals, possible fine needle biopsy of other tests abnormal; possible surgery if cancerous. Endocrinologist, surgeon, oncologist.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Even with your mother's history, often the best Rx for these little things is to do nothing if the workup doesn't point to anything worrisome
Jun 19, 2013
Dr. Bradford Mitchell
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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