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I have a 16cm adrenal tumor and pain in my side and back. What can they do?

I have a 16cm adrenal tumor and pain in my side and back. What can they do?

Surgery: Your tumor has to come out surgically. A work-up to determine which hormones your tumor may be making has to take place first. Knowing what it makes will be very helpful in terms of compensating medically for the hormones before it comes out. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

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Dr. Richard Orr
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Adrenal Tumor (Definition)

The adrenal gland has a medullary center producing adrenaline like products and a cortex producing cortisone. Majority of lesions are asymptomatic represented by small adenomas that usually can be left behind. Cortical lesions can present as large pheochromocytomas that may be functional with severe hypertenision. Cortical tumors may ...Read more


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How is an adrenal tumor diagnosed?

How is an adrenal tumor diagnosed?

Imaging studies: Imaging studies (ct scan, mri, u/s) are used to diagnosed an adrenal tumor...Then you need lab tests to know if the tumor is producing hormones...

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Should a 4.2 mm adrenal tumor be removed?

Should a 4.2 mm adrenal tumor be removed?

It depends.: First of all, I am assuming you mean a 4.2 centimeter tumor. If so, the first issue is to determine if this tumor is "functional", meaning that it secretes abnormal amounts of normal substances such as Epinephrine or steroids. If it is not functional, most people will watch tumors less than 4 CM and remove those larger than 6cm; the decision for those 4-6cm is often based on one's age and health.

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What sort of problem is an adrenal tumor?

What sort of problem is an adrenal tumor?

Adrenal tumor: 1/1500 adrenal tumors can be cancerous (although very rare) so if you found an adrenal tumor, you need to see your doc to see 1)if it's producing any adrenal hormones or just non-functioning, 2)what's the size of the tumor and what's the likelihood it is cancerous or will turn cancerous (tumor > 6 CM very high risk) (i.E what's its charecteristics on ct scan, hounsfield units...).

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Adrenal tumor: what symptoms would one have?

Adrenal tumor: what symptoms would one have?

Depends: This entirely depends on the type of tumor. If it is functional then you might have overproduction of cortical or medullary hormones, depending on location. If the tumor is destructive possible underproduction of hormones. Some tumors are metastatic from other cancers and some are just incidentally found. Therefore it's possible to also have no symptoms.

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Which symptoms are signs of active adrenal tumor?

Which symptoms are signs of active adrenal tumor?

Variable: Pheochromocytomas produce Adrenalin like hormones: increased bp, anxiety, palpitations, etc. Conn disease: increased BP and weakness from low potassium, cushing: weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, bruising, hair growth.

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Do adrenal tumor symptoms happen at any time of day?

Do adrenal tumor symptoms happen at any time of day?

Sometimes: The most common adrenal hormone is cortisol. This hormone has a "diurnal" or morning-evening variation. This variation is lost when there is a tumor producing this hormone, since a tumor is unchecked growth and therefore does not come under the usual control of other feedback methods.

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What is the definition or description of: Adrenal tumor?

Growth within gland: The adrenal gland has a medullary center producing adrenaline like products and a cortex producing cortisone. Majority of lesions are asymptomatic represented by small adenomas that usually can be left behind. Cortical lesions can present as large pheochromocytomas that may be functional with severe hypertenision. Cortical tumors may present with Cushings disease.

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Abnormal for years imo. What are tests for adrenal tumor?

Hormones and CT: Tests for adrenal function: blood and urine tests for catecholamines (pheochromocytomas produce elevated BP and other symptoms), aldosterone blood levels (conn's syndrome produces elevated BP and low potassium blood levels) and cortisol levels (cushing syndrome). Ct may be useful if hormonal abnormalities are detected. If cushing's is strongly suspected, additional blood tests are required.

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Please explain what are some symptoms of an adrenal tumor?

Depends: Adrenal tumors are of two major types, cortex and medullary tumors. Cortical cancers produce steroid hormones and medullary ones produce catecholemines. Medullar tumors produce high blood pressure where as symptoms of cortical tumors depend on the hormone produced. See this site for more info. Http://www. Endocrineweb. Com/endocrinology/your-adrenal-glands.

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When is it reasonable to demand the removal of an adrenal tumor?

Activity, Size: Any adrenal tumor that is producing excessive amounts of adrenal hormones requires treatment; this can be determined by a battery of blood and urine tests. If the tumor is "non-functioning" (as most are), removal is dependent upon size: those under 4cm can be watched; those over 6cm should be removed; for those "in the middle", it depends upon what it looks like by ct or MRI criteria.

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For those who have suffered from an adrenal tumor, can you explain the symptoms?

Need more info: The adrenal gland makes lots of different hormones. If a patient has a functioning adrenal tumor, symptoms depend on the type of hormone the tumor makes. Certain cancers metastasize to adrenals and do not make hormones. More information on the tumor you're referring to will be helpful. Thanks.

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I have adrenal tumor. If left untreated, what effect will it have on my long-term health?

I have adrenal tumor. If left untreated, what effect will it have on my long-term health?

Depends: Depends on the size of the tumor and whether or not it's doing anything (producing any hormone). If the tumor is small and it is a non-functioning tumor, you might not have to do anything about it and can live a normal life with no effect on your life expectancy. There are many people who currently has an adrenal tumor and might not even know it.

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I have an adrenal tumor on my right side, but I'm having pain in my side and back. Is this normal?

I have an adrenal tumor on my right side, but I'm having pain in my side and back. Is this normal?

Yes.: The adrenal glands are situated atop the kidneys, which are positioned against the back body wall on either side. One common symptom of adrenal tumors is flank pain, but they can also cause many other symptoms affecting multiple body systems because the adrenal glands play many roles in the regulation of important biological processes. If the pain worsens, changes, or moves, see your doctor.

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Does adrenal tumor cause gout?

No: I am not aware of any association between gout and adrenal tumors and couldn't find a case in a brief pubmed search.

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What is an adrenal tumor? Is it dangerous?

Adrenal tumor: The adrenal gland is above each kidney that helps regulate hormones for energy and metabolism. Tumors of the adrenal gland are commonly benign (non cancerous). These tumors can also rarely be metastatic tumors from lung cancer or rarely primary adrenal cancers. You should see your doctor for further evaluation.

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Why would a non-adrenal tumor cause masculine features in a woman?

Why would a non-adrenal tumor cause masculine features in a woman?

Depends on Location: The adrenal gland is only one of the organs involved in hormonal regulation in women. E.G. Pituitary gland, ovaries, etc also play a role. Therefore, a tumor in an organ that is responsible for hormonal regulation in a female's body can lead to development of masculine features.

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What effect will having an adrenal tumor that produces a lot of estrogen have on a female's growth if left untreated?

What effect will having an adrenal tumor that produces a lot of estrogen have on a female's growth if left untreated?

Take it out: It needs to come out - really rare and potentially malignant. High estrogen levels still increases risk for other cancers, particularly breast and endometrial. Additionally, for the girl, sexual maturity comes quickly, growth will be stunted due to acceleration of growth plate maturity leading to premature closure. Infertiility and other problems.

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more