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Doctor insights on: Adreanal Gland

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When you have a kidney removed do thay leave the adreanal glands behind?

When you have a kidney removed do thay leave the adreanal glands behind?

Good question: It depends on the reason the kidney was removed. If for a large kidney cancer, especially in the upper 1/2 of the kidney the adrenal is often removed with the specimen. For other conditions (especially benign ones) the adrenal is not usually removed. If removed, the opposite adrenal will be sufficient for the need metabolic activities if it is normal. ...Read more

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My husband has stage 4 nsclc with mets to bone and liver adreanal glands chemo is no longer effective. What options are left?

My husband has stage 4 nsclc with mets to bone and liver adreanal glands chemo is no longer effective. What options are left?

Tertiary care: I would make sure your husband is being cared for at an advance tertiary care center with a focus on onc. There are several different chemo regimens available, and even though cure is not the goal improved quality an length of life may be possible. ...Read more

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Could i donate my adrenal glands?

Could i donate my adrenal glands?

Not indicated: The medullary portion of the adrenal is responsible for producing the adrenaline compounds and the cortex for expression of cortisone. When an adrenal is lost replacement is not indicated since the functional loss is easily replaced with the necessary oral mediation. ...Read more

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What causes adrenal gland problems?

What causes adrenal gland problems?

Many causes: "adrenal problems" is a very broad question. Your adrenal produces hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. We need these hormones to sustain life; they are increased in response to stress. Adrenal failure can be from autoimmunity; adrenal overactivity from tumors. Alternative practitioners often allege “adrenal fatigue” from chronic stress. See an endocrinologist for adrenal problems. ...Read more

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Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Adrenal: There is an adrenal gland attached to both kidneys. If you no longer have active adrenal glands you must follow your doctor's advice about necessary hormone replacement. If both adrenal glands are working fine, or you are taking the right medicine if you have no adrenals enjoy life! ...Read more

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How does my adrenal gland affect my body?

How does my adrenal gland affect my body?

Often, yes: Addison's disease is an autoimmune disease which harms the cortex of the adrenal glands. However, anything that damages the adrenal cortex can also cause primary adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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What do I do to revive the adrenal glands?

What do I do to revive the adrenal glands?

May not be needed: The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, which are stress hormones. People who are stressed out are sometimes persuaded that it’s the adrenal’s fault. This is usually not true. "adrenal fatigue" is often a fake diagnosis. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test, and not by measuring just one blood or saliva level. See an endocrinologist about this if necessary. ...Read more

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Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Multifunctional: Very briefly, the adrenal gland can be divided between the cortex and medulla. The cortex makes a variety of hormones which control salt balance, cortisol, and androgens. The medulla primarily secretes norepinephrine and epinephrine. Functions of medulla and cortex are completely different as are the way their hormones are made and how they work. ...Read more