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Doctor insights on: Adrenal Nodule Symptoms

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Please tell me what an adrenal nodule is?

Please tell me what an adrenal nodule is?

Adrenal nodule: Is a small mass in the adrenal gland. The vast majority of adrenal nodules incidentally detected on imaging studies are benign adenomas. These require no treatment, and generally have characteristic appearances on CT and MRI that enable a confident diagnosis without biopsy. If they don't have these characteristics, they may need follow up or biopsy because neoplasm/cancer is a possibility. ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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How is a 7 x 8 x 9 mm in size adrenal nodule treated?

How is a 7 x 8 x 9 mm in size adrenal nodule treated?

It is too small!: Small nodules in the Adrenal gland do not require any immediate treatment if they are asymptomatic and found incidentally(Incidentaloma). If the nodule increases to a size of >10 mm (1CM), then it will require periodic monitoring, perhaps once yearly to verify if it is growing in size or producing any hormones which can then produce symptoms. You may visit and consult an Endocrinologist if needed ...Read more

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Is a small adeoma adrenal nodule the same as a pheochromocytoma?

Is a small adeoma adrenal nodule the same as a pheochromocytoma?

Not the same.: A pheochromocytoma is a benign tumor in the adrenal gland that produces hormones that affect your blood pressure. Most adrenal adenomas do not produce hormones. Unless you're having blood pressure issues, this is not your problem. ...Read more

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Just out of curiosity, what is subcentimeter right adrenal nodule, likely small adenoma mean on a xray report?

Just out of curiosity, what is subcentimeter right adrenal nodule, likely small adenoma mean on a xray report?

A small: Right adrenal gland mass measuring less than 1cm. Statistically, the vast majority of these incidentally discovered lesions represent benign adrenal adenomas. ...Read more

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Have a small adrenal nodule. Doc wants me to see an Endo. What happens at the first visit?

Have a small adrenal nodule. Doc wants me to see an Endo.  What happens at the first visit?

Adrenal nodule: I specialize in this and recommend you go to hyperaldosteronism@yahoo.com where there have been over 3,000 like you over the last 15 years. The Endo should take a detailed BP history, ask about symptoms of low K: fatigue, brain fog, muscle cramps and getting up at night to pee more than twice. Measure BP both arms and listen for abdominal bruits if you have HBP. Also, collect a detailed FH of HTN. ...Read more

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I have 9mm nodule on my right adrenal gland. I also had a mibg scan done, what to do?

I have 9mm nodule on my right adrenal gland. I also had a mibg scan done, what to do?

Ask your doctor: Disposition depends on clinical symptoms and results of tests. Mibg scan shows functioning tumors such as pheochromocytoma. Symptoms of pheo include headache, sweating, palpitations, elevated blood pressure, anxiety. Nodule usually needs characterization by mri. Adrenocortical carcinoma can produce hormones with virilization and feminization. Some asymptomatic nodules followed such as benign adenoma. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean when the doctor's find a 9mm nodule on your adrenal gland?

Incidentaloma: This was undoubtedly found on a ct or MRI that was done for some other reason. These incidentally discovered "incidentalomas" are usually benign lumps and of no significance. There are 2 questions your doctor will want to ask: 1. Is the nodule secreting any hormones, like adrenaline, cortisol, etc; and 2. Is the nodule growing, which would raise a suspicion for cancer. ...Read more

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What is meant by nodular thickening of the left adrenal gland related to hyperplasia without well-defined nodule?

Size and location: The adrenal glands can increase in size due to hyperplasia (usually bilateral) or a tumor (adenoma or carcinoma). However, hyperplasia may give rise to a thickening of the gland by imaging. There is also nodular hyperplasia, which is often related to specific hormone production (cortisol, aldosterone, etc). Not sure if you are symptomatic. ...Read more

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In a metastic colon can patient is a nodule in adrenal gland a met?

It can be: Adrenal nodules are common and are often benign. But several cancers are prone to spread and land in the Adrenal gland as metastatic cancer. This can be determined with the help of PET scan or a biopsy if the nodule is growing in serial CT scan studies. This can be sorted out in 2-3 month time of follow up/repeat study. ...Read more

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I have a small adrenal nodule. My basic metabolic blood test was fine. Yay. Does that mean my cortisol 24hr urine collection will be to?

I have a small adrenal nodule. My basic metabolic blood test was fine. Yay. Does that mean my cortisol 24hr urine collection will be to?

Here are some...: A small adrenal nodule seemed found incidentally and usually non-functioning benign adenoma, which deserves a wait, watch, & see by repeating another imaging study — US or CT — in 6-12 months with a timely clinical follow-up afterward, as long as metabolic tests are ok and BP is easily under control with adequate general well-being. Of course, if still in doubt, ask your doctor who ordered test ...Read more

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Have a 5mm groundglass infiltrate right upper lobe, also a 1.6cm low density nodule on left adrenal gland and left adrenal gland is thickened?

Have a 5mm groundglass infiltrate right upper lobe, also a 1.6cm low density nodule on left adrenal gland and left adrenal gland is thickened?

What do you want?: Doctors have to add up ur history, exam,medical problems, your social habits like drinking, smoking and your family history to come to a conclusion. We are not Gods to see just a CT scan result and give you a diagnosis. Please provide above details if you need more insight into what these lesions could be..... Hope you don't misunderstand me... ...Read more

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On CT scan for mcrc, the same left adrenal nodule is noted on both scans (august and sept one).does not mention size increase. Is this a met?

On CT scan for mcrc, the same left adrenal nodule is noted on both scans (august and sept one).does not mention size increase. Is this a met?

Hounsfield units: Hi. The radiologist, knowing there's an adrenal nodule, should have measured Hounsfield units on the non-contrasted CT. Hounsfield units are very helpful in predicting benign vs. malignant disease. The two CTs are 1 month apart; that is too soon to tell if the nodule is enlarging. Is MCRC metastatic colorectal CA? Acronyms can be misleading. We need to be sure what you're referring to. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am 55 years old. I am ashamed to go out because I sweat on my face only. I have an adrenal gland with a nodule on it. HELP! My Anxiety High,?

I am 55 years old.  I am ashamed to go out because I sweat on my face only.  I have an adrenal gland with a nodule on it.  HELP!  My Anxiety High,?

See endocrinologist: Hi. Abnormal sweating and anxiety in the setting of an adrenal nodule is suggestive. Do you have headaches and palpitations? There may be a cause-and-effect relationship between your symptoms and the adrenal tumor. You need a good endocrinologist with adrenal expertise. Don't have any elective surgeries until you get this evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a 12mm left adrenal nodule and 9mm right adrenal nodule cause right side shoulder pain and cause mild upper thoracic scoliosis? Any correlations?

Can a 12mm left adrenal nodule and 9mm right adrenal nodule cause right side shoulder pain and cause mild upper thoracic scoliosis?  Any correlations?

Small adrenal: Nodules will not cause shoulder pain or scoliosis. The vast majorityof incidentally discovered adrenal nodules are benign adenomas. Most of these have unique characteristics on MRI and CT and can be diagnosed without biopsy. If they cannot be characterized as benign adenomas, they are indeterminate and may need additional evaluation and follow up. Talk with your doctor about it. ...Read more

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I too was told I have a thickening of my left adrenal gland as well as nodules in my lungs and lesions on my kidneys. Should I be concerned?

I too was told I have a thickening of my left adrenal gland as well as nodules in my lungs and lesions on my kidneys. Should I be concerned?

Lesions in lung: YES! But need much more information. BP/ Where do you live? Histoplasmosis country? Blood in your urine? How old are you? Why was the scan done? Any known cancer? Happy to consult as I specialize in adrenal problems. Be worried!!! ...Read more

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I have an adrenal nodule 1.3 cm in my left adrenal and have rapid pulse sporadically that happens every day and just feel not well, fatigue, back pain?

Adrenal nodules: You need a specific diagnosis of mechanism for your symptoms, these nodules are often seen incidentally on imaging studies, rarely they may secrete chemicals abnormally causing intermittent symptoms; go discuss promptly with a doctor and get some testing done. ...Read more

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Colon cancer pt. old ct- nodule on left adrenal gland. (was not met). New ct- new adrenal nodule. Are these the same or diffetent ones,?

Must compare CT's: The best way to tell if these are the same nodule or if this is a new nodule would be to have the radiologist or your oncologist compare the CT's side-by-side. It may be obvious that they are or are not the same nodule. If it is not obvious, then further testing may be necessary, perhaps even a biopsy of the nodule if it is worrisome. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ct revealed 12mm nodule in left and 9mm nodule in right adrenal glands (incidentalomas). Had MRI of adrenals no mass found. Is this very serious?

Ct revealed 12mm nodule in left and 9mm nodule in right adrenal glands (incidentalomas). Had MRI of adrenals no mass found. Is this very serious?

Speak with your doc: Adrenal gland nodules are very common and frequently are benign meaning they cause no harm. "Incidentalomas" may have certain characteristics on an MRI that indicate they are benign.

Additionally, blood tests may be warranted elucidate what type of nodule you have. This is nothing to worry about but definitely speak with your physician. ...Read more

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Ct revealed 12mm nodule in left and 9mm nodule in right adrenal glands in (incidentalomas). Had MRI of adrenals no mass found. Is this very serious?

Ct revealed 12mm nodule in left and 9mm nodule in right adrenal glands in (incidentalomas). Had MRI of adrenals no mass found. Is this very serious?

Incidentalomas: So they were present on the ct, but not present on the mri? These scanning techniques are sooooo sensitive, they pick up these tiny "warts" in glands, which often have no significance. This is probably nothing, but talk to your doctor. Assuming these things are not secreting any hormones, your doc may want to get another picture in 1 yr to make sure they are not growing. ...Read more