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Adrenal Glands Located
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.
Endocrine glands: Adrenal glands are small triangular shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys and produce neurotransmitters (epinephrine/norepinephrine), corticosteroids, and mineralcorticoids. They have many effects on the body, including salt/water balance, blood sugar balance, energy metabolism, and immune system regulation.See 1 more doctor answer
Adrenal gland: What are you treating them for? The treatment depends on what problem you have with them. In cushing's syndrome, the adrenals make too much cortisol and in addison's disease they make too little. The treatment of these diseases is quite different. Please rephrase your question for a meaningful answer.
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.
ACTH test: The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, both of which are stress hormones. People who are stressed out and having trouble coping are sometimes persuaded that it’s the adrenal’s fault. This is usually not true. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns.
Yes: Removal of the adrenal glands, untreated, would lead to death. Adrenal hormone replacement would prevent this.
Making Hormones: The adrenal cortex makes aldosterone (key regulator of sodium, potassium, and water balance), cortisol (suppresses inflammation, helps the body adapt to illness and injuries), and testosterone-like hormones such as dhea-sulfate and androstenedione. The inner part, or medulla, makes adrenaline (epinephrine) and similar hormones that help your body in "fight or flight" emergencies.
Yes: Adrenal growths are not common. Within and expanding the adrenal gland are those tumors of medullary origin. Cortical lesions can produce extensive masses such as those inducing Cushings disease. The medullary pheochomocytomas are benign in 90% of cases and cortical malignancies are also rare Whether benign or malignant, lesions found on the adrenal gland on scan are noted as adrenal tumorsSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do you ask?: Are you asking a simple anatomical question or do you have some mystical notion about blood? No magic here: Everything except your heart & lungs gets blood from branches off the aorta. The adrenals get blood from the superior, middle & inferior suprarenal arteries. You can easily find such information yourself by doing a web search. Now, study hard so you can do better on the next pop quiz.
Generally not: But it depends upon what was wrong with your adrenal glands in the first place. Discuss w/your doctor.See 1 more doctor answer
No assumptions: In medicine you do not start with the diagnosis. You start with the symptoms. Fatigue is a common complaint in our world where we eat too much sugar, do not get enough good sleep and do not exercise. Energy drinks are often causing more fatigue by wearing out the heart muscle by causing the heart to beat too fast tricking the brain that this is energy. You need a thorough blood and medical test.See 4 more doctor answers
Cortisol, a.M. Test 15.7. No p.M. Test. Concerned re adrenal glands: 20+ cort. Inj. In 2011. Should I have the a.M. And p.M. Tests?
No. Just not true.: I'm sorry someone told you something that foolish. It won't give you addison's disease, and it won't make you short, fat, stupid, hairy, ugly, smooth, infertile, or an unfit husband / father. Your adrenals get you through the most intense physical and mental stress -- while enjoying your body makes it possible for you to relax, sleep, and become a functioning adult.
Retroperitoneal US: Exam should include the adrenals, but they are hard to see with ultrasound unless abnormally large. They are not usually commented on in an us report unless clearly abnormal.See 1 more doctor answer
Maybe nothing: A mass on the adrenal is sometimes found incidentally during a ct scan for something else. Questions to ask: is it making too much hormone, such as cortisol (causing cushing's syndrome) or adrenaline (causing pheochromocytoma). Is it large, or expanding, and therefore a cancer risk? If the mass is small, not enlarging, and not secreting anything, it is probably nothing to worry about.