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Can A Benign Adrenal Tumor Cause Weight Gain
The adrenal gland has a medullary center producing adrenaline like products and a cortex producing cortisone. Majority of lesions are asymptomatic represented by small adenomas that usually can be left behind. Cortical lesions can present as large pheochromocytomas that may be functional with severe hypertenision. Cortical tumors may ...Read more
Depends: Hi. Pituitary macroadenomas can cause problems by either: 1) producing hormones, or 2) mass effect (compressing normal pituitary tissue and/or the pituitary stalk). Hormone-producing tumors that can cause weight gain produce ACTH or growth hormone (GH). ACTH and GH tumors have very characteristic physical exam findings. See an endocrinologist. Macroadenomas either need treatment or close follow up ...Read more
It depends: Larger or more aggressive cancers are the type of cancers more typically associated with weight loss. Smaller tumors that maybe cured by local treatment (e.g. Surgery) often have no symptoms and frequently are not associated with weight loss. Unfortunately some cancers (lung cancer and pancreatic cancer) are not found until late and the initial presenting symptom may be weight loss. ...Read more
Yes : Hormonal imbalances can do just that. Talk to your endocrinologist. ...Read more
What endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?
Growth: Once you go through puberty, the growth plates close, and you will not grow anymore. Acromegaly in an adult does not cause growth in height, just thickening of bones/features. Hypothyroidism does not increase height. The most common cause of "adult growth" is a mistake in measurement, including in MD offices, where height measurements are often not accurate. ...Read more
Would a benign tumor in your small intestine cause abdominal pain and weight loss just as a malignant tumour would?
Yes: Tumor cachexia is a condition usually seen in patients with advanced cancer that results in loss of lean body mass. Part of it is due to decreased caloric intake but there is also a hypercatabolic state mediated by certain substances produced by the cancer. Of course, organ damage (like liver) due to the cancer also contributes. ...Read more
No: These are nuisance lesions that are left over from the descent of the gland from the mouth of the unborn child. Unless infection or surgery has destroyed the entire thyroid gland, which is very unlikely, look elsewhere for the cause of weight gain -- or as is most common, see what happens to your weight when you pursue some sort of exercise that you enjoy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prolactinoma: Usually a macroprolactinoma does not cause weight gain/fat redistribution, just loss of periods, as described. Presumably you are on treatment w/ Cabergoline or bromocriptine. Are the other pituitary hormones ok? Sometimes, a pituitary tumor can damage the other hormones, or secrete something else. Check with your endocrinologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Assuming that you have had a ct showing a mass in your adrenal it should be worked up to make sure that it is not producing hormones and has no radiographic signs of cancer (and is not more than 5cm in size). If all of these are ok, then it is a benign "incidentaloma" and may be followed with ct. Your weight loss should not be related unless you have another cancer metastatic to adrenal (unlikely). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypothyroidism : Yes. It would be a good idea to see your primary care physician and have a routine thyroid screening. It is a simple blood test. There are many symptoms associated with thyroid disease. If you have noticed weight gain without actively trying to do so, or without a significant change in your exercise, or eating habits, it could potentially be related to a thyroid issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mostly NO: I see many people who take in over 500 calories a day in just soda. NOT taking that much in helps. On the other hand, The New York Times science analysis reviewed diet soda components in the medical literature and found that the expectation of calories when you drink makes you hungry if you don't get any sugar. You'd still have to eat to gain weight though ...Read more
For some.: Everyone is different. One person may gain weight on a particular antidepressant and another person may actually lose weight. That being said, of the antidepressants wellbutrin (bupropion) likely is the most weight friendly. There is an maoi patch called Emsam that is very weight friendly also. ...Read more
To lose weight:: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really an: Association. It's more likely that the cause of your elevated DHEA levels is responsible but still very well could be unrelated. To be able to better guide you, it would help to understand why a DHEA level was checked, like for an eval for PCOS or too much body hair(hirsuitism) or male pattern baldness in a women? ...Read more
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
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