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Adrenal Gland Specialist
Endocrinologist: Cancer starting in the adrenal gland (Adrenocortical carcinoma) is very rare. Because it usually presents as with signs of corticosteroid excess(Cushing's Syndrome) and/or signs of virilization it is usually diagnosed by an Endocrinologist. CT, MRI or PET scans can usually show the cancer and differentiate it from a benign adenoma of the adrenal gland. ...Read more
Why would my doctor not recommend following up with a specialist when my CT said my left adrenal gland was mildly thickened? This doesn't seem normal.
Local problem: I am sure you can understand that none of us can speak for your physician. This is a question you have a right to ask. Be brave. Ask them. ...Read more
Endocrinologist: Hi. No, nephrologists don't treat the adrenals. Endocrinologists treat the adrenals. However, endocrinologists do not do surgery; if adrenal surgery is required, a surgeon with adrenal expertise can treat some adrenal problems with laparoscopic surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a tumor on my adrenal gland. I can't see a specialist for 4 months. Worried if this is cancer that the delay could cause me more problems.
Read imaging report: Many tumors found incidentally on the adrenal gland are not cancerous. If this is the case, there are classic imaging characteristics that would lean toward a non cancerous diagnosis for which it would be ok to wait for the specialist. If the report does not mention benign characteristics, i would not wait to get clarification from a specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good Question: It probably could be done, but would involve difficult microsurgery of the adrenal gland blood vessels. However, if the adrenal was transplanted from another individual who was not an identical twin, you would need to take powerful anti-rejection drugs. The indication would be for addison's disease, which can usually be treated with other replacement oral steroids. ...Read more
Wrong: Hi. The adrenal gland has two district functional components: the cortex which makes steroid hormones and the medulla which secretes the "neurotransmitters" (but hormones in this context) epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. The adrenal medulla IS part of the nervous system, and is the equivalent of a presynaptic neuron; release is to blood instead of a postsynaptic nerve or muscle cell. ...Read more
Both: In patients with addison's disease, the antibodies will attack the new gland so the transplant will not last very long. The gland is also very delicate making it very hard to connect the blood vessels. Also, the treatment for addison's is steroid which will also be needed after a transplant to prevent rejection so there is no need for transplant since the treatment is the same. ...Read more
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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