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How can doctors tell if an adrenal tumor is benign or malignant?

How can doctors tell if an adrenal tumor is benign or malignant?

Size and feature: Tumors > 6 CM are high risk for malignancy. Tumors 4-6 CM are in the gray zone (you need to look at other fearues as well). Tumors < 4 CM are less likely to be malignant. There are features on the imaging studies that can also help your physcian determine the likelihood of tumor malignancy potential (hounsfield units, contrast wash out...). ...Read more

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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...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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Can you tell me how masculine feature would appear in a women (virilization) due to a non-adrenal tumor?

Can you tell me how masculine feature would appear in a women (virilization) due to a non-adrenal tumor?

Arises from ovary: While most cases of virizilization arise in females developing a tumor of the adrenal gland, on occasion a lesion of the ovary can cause this situation Less than1% of all ovarian tumors.are associated with virilization. Patients typically present with amenorrhea and rapidly worsening signs of virilization with or without mass effect and clitoromegaly, with male-pattern of alopecia . ...Read more

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Can a benign adrenal tumor cause weight gain?

Can a benign adrenal tumor cause weight gain?

Yes: A benign adrenal tumor means that it is not cancerous but that doesn't mean that it can't be a functioning tumor, that is, it can still produce excess hormone. If the excess hormone is cortisol, you can gain weight. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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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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. ...Read more

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Can an adrenal tumor be detected on mri?

Can an adrenal tumor be detected on mri?

Usually: However, MRI is not always specific in determining cancer from benign. It cannot assess whether the adrenal tumor is producing hormones. This requires blood and/or urine tests. ...Read more

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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


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