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Doctor insights on: Adrenal Gland Hypertrophy

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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

Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...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

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Could you tell me what happens to the person whose adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

Could you tell me what happens to the person whose adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

Serious problems ari: Adrenal insufficiency is a serious condition. Any stressful events can precipitate a crisis causing nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure, shock and even death unless it is recognized in a timely manner and treated with IV fluids and steroids. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tumor on adrenal gland?

Can you tell me about tumor on adrenal gland?

Primary and metastat: Functional adrenal tumors of the cental cortex region cause Cushings disease. In the cortex one finds the pheochromocytoma which can be benign or malignant and produce hormonal activity elevating blood pressure. Metastatic lesions are also found with the primary in kidney or lung. In most cases, except for small benign adenoma, surgery indicated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about rare adrenal gland tumor?

Can you tell me about rare adrenal gland tumor?

3 types: The adrenal gland is a double structured gland with a central medullary portion which when a tumor develops produces adrenaline like products elevating BP. The cortical tumors produce cortisone and when functional present with Cushngs syndrome. The 3rd lesion is metastatic to adrenal from primaries of kidney and lung and sometimes melanoma. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorder?

What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorder?

Adrenal: The adrenal comprises 2 major parts - one that mediates " adrenalin" or catecholamines and the other that controls cortisone release, androgens, and a salt- retentive hormone called aldosterone. Depending on which part is affected symptoms differ. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an adrenal gland disorder?

What sort of problem is an adrenal gland disorder?

Endocrine: I will refer this to experts in endocrinology and reproductive endocrinology. Thanks for asking this important question. ...Read more

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What does fullness in the left adrenal gland mean?

Large: The gland is enlarged. Usually benign caused by hyperplasia, usually as a reaction to some medicine or systemic process/illness. Could be a tumor. If so, usually benign, likely an incidental adenoma of no consequence. But needs to be evaluated further. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about an adrenal gland disorder?

Could you tell me about an adrenal gland disorder?

Adrenal: What disorder do you have - too much adrenal hormone or too little? Surely you have seen a doctor about this. If not, please do so. Also go on-line and find some articles on adrenal gland disorders - there are many articles that are easy to read and understand. You could also go to your Public Library and look at some books about hormones. ...Read more

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How should a benign adrenal gland cyst be treated?

Hormone check: I would check hormones to make sure it is not producing extra hormones. Otherwise if hounsfield unit indicates a cyst, then no need to do anything else except follow. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a calcified adrenal gland?

What happens if you have a calcified adrenal gland?

Maybe nothing: This could be an incidental finding on a ct. Has something has happened to the adrenal? Infiltration/inflammation from tuberculosis, autoimmune? Adrenal hemorrhage (from previous severe illness)? Calcium disorder (eg parathyroid) causing calcification all over? Adrenal testing will tell you if they are functioning, and a careful review of the scan for a mass is needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about an adrenal gland tumor?

Can you tell me anything about an adrenal gland tumor?

Variables: Hi. 2 big issues: 1) is it benign or malignant, and 2) is it overproducing a hormone or not? My advice is to see an endocrinologist comfortable with diagnosing adrenal tumors. It's a complex field, and I'm too far away to do it for you! ;-) Hormone tumors could be Cushing's, aldosteronoma, or pheochromocytoma. The work up will include CT scan attenuation. Don't ignore it or put it off. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the function of the adrenal gland in human body?

What is the function of the adrenal gland in human body?

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

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Please answer! What would cause an enlarged adrenal gland?

Please answer! What would cause an enlarged adrenal gland?

Adrenal enlargement: It is very common to pick up an adrenal nodule, or enlargement, when a scan is done for other reasons. Usually these are benign "incidenal-omas". There is concern if they are large, or if there is evidence that they are oversecreting hormones. See your doctor for advice on how to proceed. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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When one donates a kidney is the adrenal gland also removed?

When one donates a kidney is the adrenal gland also removed?

No: Although, it could be rendered nonfunctional. There should be another one on the other side. ...Read more

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What causes an adrenal gland disorder, and what are the symptoms?

High or Low function: Here is a good reference http://my. Clevelandclinic. Org/disorders/adrenal/endo_description. Aspx. ...Read more