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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. ...Read more

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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


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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. ...Read more

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The left adrenal gland pea sized tumor causes pain and discomfort. Is that a good or bad sign?

The left adrenal gland pea sized tumor causes pain and discomfort. Is that a good or bad sign?

Hard to believe: Small tumors rarely if ever cause symptoms. Pea sized tumors in the adrenal are most often found when evaluating symptoms from other causes. I would not hang one's hat on the adrenal being the answer. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an adrenal tumor. My doctor says it's benign, but i'm having a lot of pain. Should I be worried?

I was diagnosed with an adrenal tumor. My doctor says it's benign, but i'm having a lot of pain. Should I be worried?

Location: Most adrenal nodules are of benign nature and remain stable and non functioning, however they should be monitored on an interval based on size and location. Although you did not describe the nature and location of pain, you will need to discuss this further with your physician. Adrenal neoplasms can be dynamic and there is many cases reports of non secretory nodules becoming hornonally active. ...Read more

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I have double normal cortisol blood level, have burning pain under my ribs and on left side near umbilicus. Could these symptoms be of adrenal tumor?

I have double normal cortisol blood level, have burning pain under my ribs and on left side near umbilicus.  Could these symptoms be of adrenal tumor?

Unlikely: Blood cortisol varies considerably throughout the day, so a single value does not mean much. A cortisol-producing adrenal tumor is rare. Pain from an adrenal tumor would more likely cause back pain, if it caused pain at all. See your doctor, but this is unlikely to be an adrenal tumor. ...Read more

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What causes low blood level of dhea. I'm 25 female. Adrenal tumor maybe? I have high estrogen and chronic fatigue, body pain etc...

What causes low blood level of dhea. I'm 25 female. Adrenal tumor maybe? I have high estrogen and chronic fatigue, body pain etc...

See endocrinologist: Dhea isn't a hormone we typically measure at random because it isn't as reliable as the longer 1/2 life of dheas. Likewise, we usually don't measure total estrogen as it isn't helpful. Dhea is most reliable when compared before and after IV acth during stim testing around other hormones. Adrenal insufficiency can't be identified with a random dhea. ...Read more

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My husband has had a combination of extreme constant hip and lower back pain, high blood pressure, adrenal tumor. What could it be?

My husband has had a combination of extreme constant hip and lower back pain, high blood pressure, adrenal tumor. What could it be?

See his doc: First, has the adrenal mass been checked out with lab and/or urine tests? Pheochromocytoma and aldosterone producing tumors cause hypertension. Assuming that is not the case, the adrenal is probably incidental. He may have sciatica, hip arthritis, or any other number of causes of back pain. Can't be decided online - need to see a doc! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...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... ...Read more

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Adrenal Tumor (Definition)

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