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Adrenal Tumour Symptoms
Could adrenal tumour only cause symptoms during sleep or after eating? Could these panic attack symptoms be a dysfunction of ths ANS?
ANS dysfunction: Periodic ANS dysfunction is not normally due to an adrenal tumor. You might expect high heart rate and/or blood pressure with such a condition. In such a case, the blood pressure would be consistently elevated. Panic attacks are a little different. Although there can be an elevated heart rate, there should also be a sensation of fear lasting for several minutes. Many adrenal tumors cause no S ...Read more
"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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lo cortisol, all symptoms, no tumor, what can be cause for adrenal insufficiency that's not addisons?
Hard to test for: Hi. First of all, there's NO symptom associated with adrenal insufficiency that is SPECIFIC for adrenal insufficiency. If your endocrinologist suspects adrenal insufficiency, several tests can be used depending on clinical suspicion: insulin tolerance test and metyrapone test test the whole hypothalamic/pituitary/adrenal axis; ACTH 1-24 (Cosyntropin) can test only adrenal glands failure; useful 2 ...Read more
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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