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Is the size of right adrenal gland 2 7cm x 3 5cm in my abdomen consider dangerous and need to remove ? Any medical treatment ?

Is the size of right adrenal gland 2 7cm x 3 5cm in my abdomen consider dangerous and need to remove ? 
Any medical treatment ?

Depends: Most adrenal nodules this size are not dangerous and do not need to be removed. However, you should be tested to make sure the nodule is not hormonally active, because some adrenal masses can cause dangerously high blood pressure, low potassium levels, obesity, sex hormone ambiguity or other endocrine problems. Medical therapy will not shrink adrenal masses. ...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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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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What is adrenal gland cancer?

What is adrenal gland cancer?

See below: There are two part of the adrenal gland and each has different types of cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/adrenalglandcancer.html. ...Read more

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How is adrenal gland cancer discovered?

How is adrenal gland cancer discovered?

Usually CT scan: Usually by a ct scan done to workup flank or abdominal pain - sometimes a ct done for other conditions, and occasionally during a workup for hormone excess (cushing's syndrome). ...Read more

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What does a limpoma on adrenal gland mean?

What does a limpoma on adrenal gland mean?

Adrenal mass: A lipoma or other small mass is relatively common but if you have high blood pressure your doctor should check some bloodwork to see if the adrenal is functioning correctly or if the mass is secreting BP raising chemicals. Generally most adrenal masses greater than 5 cm or functioning masses should be removed. An MRI may be able to tell if the smaller masses are serious. ...Read more

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How to treat adrenal gland to lose weight?

How to treat adrenal gland to lose weight?

Why adrenal gland?: Unless you have cushing's syndrome, which is a rare abnormality in which the adrenal glands are producing too much cortisone, there is no treatment for the adrenal glands that will cause weight loss. Why do you think you have an adrenal gland problem? ...Read more

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Why can't you have an adrenal gland transplant?

Why can't you have an adrenal gland transplant?

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

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Will repeated adrenal crisis weaken the adrenal gland?

Will repeated adrenal crisis weaken the adrenal gland?

No: People have an "adrenal crisis" only when the adrenal is already very weakened or absent. The crisis can be dangerous, but will not affect the gland itself. ...Read more

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What makes adrenal gland produce too much epinephrine?

What makes adrenal gland produce too much epinephrine?

Tumor: A tumor, called pheochromacytoma is the usual cause of excess catecholamine production. This is a rare and dangerous disease that needs expert medical and surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Secretory: An adrenal adenoma usually does not produce the usual adrenal hormones (corticosteroids or mineralocorticoids) but if does, it is called hyperfunctioning. ...Read more

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Could you please describe hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Could you please describe hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Secreting hormones: Adrenal glands often get nodules/lumps/adenomas. They don't always secrete excess hormone. When they do, they can secrete aldosterone, norepinephrine, or cortisol. Each causes a syndrome: aldosteronoma, pheochromocytoma, cushing's. All include hypertension. If you have this, you should be seeing an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is the function of the adrenal gland in relation to kidney function?

What is the function of the adrenal gland in relation to kidney function?

Adrenal and kidney: Please go online and type in "adrenal gland and kidney". You will find many readable and understandable articles and there are a number of images for you you to peruse. ...Read more

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I have one kidney & adrenal gland. Does this affect other hormonal glands?

I have one kidney & adrenal gland. Does this affect other hormonal glands?

No: You should be fine with 1 normal and functioning kidney and adrenal gland. No effects on other glands. ...Read more

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How could the adrenal gland release neurotransmitters when it isn't part of the nervous system?

How could the adrenal gland release neurotransmitters when it isn't part of the nervous system?

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