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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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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... ...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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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...). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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