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How healthily can a person live with only one adrenal gland?

How healthily can a person live with only one adrenal gland?

Adrenal function: Typically, when there are two organs and one is removed, the other compensates and under normal, non-stressed situations, the person should do find. However, since the adrenal gland is a "life saving" - "fight or flight" gland, one gland when over stressed may lead to adrenal hypofuction, with symptoms similar to addison's disease. So remember to minimize your stress and excercise relaxation. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Adrenal: There is an adrenal gland attached to both kidneys. If you no longer have active adrenal glands you must follow your doctor's advice about necessary hormone replacement. If both adrenal glands are working fine, or you are taking the right medicine if you have no adrenals enjoy life! ...Read more

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How does one come to know that their adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

How does one come to know that their adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

You'll be sick: Adrenal glands don't malfunction very often, and if they do, you'll be sick enough that it will be readily apparent. If they don't produce enough cortisone, symptoms are weight loss, weakness, low blood pressure, etc. Which are fairly obvious. ...Read more

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How does one come to know that his adrenal gland is not functioning properly? What happens?

How does one come to know that his adrenal gland is not functioning properly? What happens?

Addison's disease: Inadequate adrenal function is called addison’s disease, and you usually feel very sick. Low bp, low blood sodium, high blood potassium. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns. ...Read more

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What causes an adrenal gland disorder, and what are the symptoms?

High or Low function: Here is a good reference http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/disorders/adrenal/endo_description.Aspx.

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I have one kidney & adrenal gland. Does this affect other hormonal glands?

I have one kidney & adrenal gland. Does this affect other hormonal glands?

No: You should be fine with 1 normal and functioning kidney and adrenal gland. No effects on other glands. ...Read more

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My daughter she's 14 years old. She had a tumor on her adrenal gland and she's only left with one adrenal gland . Can she still have kids ??

My daughter she's 14 years old. She had a tumor on her adrenal gland and she's only left with one adrenal gland . Can she still have kids ??

Yes: She would be able to have kids, so long her ovaries are intact and functional, adrenal glands aren't responsible for producing eggs, ovaries are, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Virilization (Adrenal Gland Disorders) I would like to know what this means because i was just told i have it and would like to know what causes it.

Virilization (Adrenal Gland Disorders) I would like to know what this means because i was just told i have it and would like to know what causes it.

Virilization Adrenal: 27F has been told she had adrenal virilizaiton and want to know what it is? Virilization means many things but especially hair growth were you don't want it in a woman and high blood pressure (HBP). Facial hair runs in families. Do women in your family have excess facial hair? If not then need to find cause in you as can be dangerous or due to a cancer. Soon you can do pictures here. Worth 1000 w. ...Read more

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Hello doctor I have question what's the consequences of having one adrenal gland?

Hello doctor 
I have question what's the consequences of having one adrenal gland?

NONE: You only need one.....it will make the necessary hormones (will "hypertrophy=grow)" ) to COMPENSATE for the missing gland...The PITUITARY or "master" gland will assure that happens! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Please answer! what would cause an enlarged adrenal gland?

Please answer! what would cause an enlarged adrenal gland?

Adrenal enlargement: It is very common to pick up an adrenal nodule, or enlargement, when a scan is done for other reasons. Usually these are benign "incidenal-omas". There is concern if they are large, or if there is evidence that they are oversecreting hormones. See your doctor for advice on how to proceed. ...Read more

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When one donates a kidney is the adrenal gland also removed?

When one donates a kidney is the adrenal gland also removed?

No: Although, it could be rendered nonfunctional. There should be another one on the other side. ...Read more

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Can someone please give me info on adrenal gland tumors? I was diagnosed with one and I'm scared. Please help

Can someone please give me info on adrenal gland tumors? I was diagnosed with one and I'm scared. Please help

Incidental finding: At least 1% of healthy folks have at least one adrenal cortical adenoma, or "incidentaloma". If you appear to be healthy, ignore it. ...Read more

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Does being born with only one kidney mean you only have one adrenal gland?

Does being born with only one kidney mean you only have one adrenal gland?

No: Good question. They are two separate organs so you should still have 2 adrenals. ...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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What causes adrenal gland problems?

What causes adrenal gland problems?

Many causes: "adrenal problems" is a very broad question. Your adrenal produces hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. We need these hormones to sustain life; they are increased in response to stress. Adrenal failure can be from autoimmunity; adrenal overactivity from tumors. Alternative practitioners often allege “adrenal fatigue” from chronic stress. See an endocrinologist for adrenal problems. ...Read more

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Had a pheo removed 2011. Hypertension again. Does removing one adrenal gland change reliabilty of met urine test?

Had a pheo removed 2011. Hypertension again. Does removing one adrenal gland change reliabilty of met urine test?

Terrific question!: This may be one of the best questions i've ever seen on healthtap! unfortunately, i don't have a clue. I hope an endocrinologist with some experience with this answers - we'll both learn something. Pheo's are statistically literally one in a million. Still, if you had one, you might be at higher risk for two. ...Read more

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I had a partial Nephrectomy due to Liposarcoma. Did this cause my Adrenal Gland to stop functioning? I am now on Steroids.

Lose an adrenal?: Hi. Even if you lost the adrenal on the side that had the partial nephrectomy, the remaining adrenal would be enough to provide all the cortisol and aldosterone you need. What "steroid" are you on? It's not listed in your meds (except for cortisone injections in ankle). Did your doc diagnose you with adrenal insufficiency? We need more info. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can adrenal gland cause excessive sleepiness after eating?

Can adrenal gland cause excessive sleepiness after eating?

No: Sleepiness after eating is usually due to Amino Acids like tryptophan in the food, that is why people get sleepy after thanksgiving turkey. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more