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What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Secretory: An adrenal adenoma usually does not produce the usual adrenal hormones (corticosteroids or mineralocorticoids) but if does, it is called hyperfunctioning. ...Read more

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Adenoma (Definition)

Adenoma is a term for a harmless tumor of gland tissue, including glands found in the intestines, kidney, ...Read more


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Could you please describe hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Could you please describe hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Secreting hormones: Adrenal glands often get nodules/lumps/adenomas. They don't always secrete excess hormone. When they do, they can secrete aldosterone, norepinephrine, or cortisol. Each causes a syndrome: aldosteronoma, pheochromocytoma, cushing's. All include hypertension. If you have this, you should be seeing an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an adenoma on the adrenal gland?

Benign tumor.: An adenoma is a benign (not cancer) growth on an adrenal gland. They are relatively common and can be picked up on a ct scan done for other reasons. While most don't make hormones, some do. That can result in excess cortisone, aldosterone or other hormones. If functional, they might need to be removed. Non-functional adenomas are usually left alone as they are not dangerous. ...Read more

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I have a 7cm adrenal adenoma on my right adrenal gland i also have high BP all tests result ok my urine smells like vitamin what should I do?

See below: You should consult with a urologist or a general surgeon who has experience with adrenal disorders. 7 cm is large for an adenoma, and you want to make sure all other differential diagnoses are ruled out. Even if the diagnosis of adenoma is confirmed, surgery may be needed in some cases. ...Read more

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I've a 7cm adrenal adenoma in my right adrenal gland.I also have high bp, but all tests result ok.Lately my urine smells like vitamins.What should I do?

I've a 7cm adrenal adenoma in my right adrenal gland.I also have high bp, but all tests result ok.Lately my urine smells like vitamins.What should I do?

Check w/doctor: An adenoma that large definitely needs a full evaluation and consideration for possible surgery if indicated. If you also have a history of a pituitary adenoma, you definitely need an intensive work-up by a qualified endocrinologist. I doubt that the urine smell is associated with your other potential problems. ...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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Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Multifunctional: Very briefly, the adrenal gland can be divided between the cortex and medulla. The cortex makes a variety of hormones which control salt balance, cortisol, and androgens. The medulla primarily secretes norepinephrine and epinephrine. Functions of medulla and cortex are completely different as are the way their hormones are made and how they work. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to the person whose adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

Could you tell me what happens to the person whose adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

Serious problems ari: Adrenal insufficiency is a serious condition. Any stressful events can precipitate a crisis causing nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure, shock and even death unless it is recognized in a timely manner and treated with IV fluids and steroids. ...Read more

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How are the adrenal gland and the thyroid connected?

How are the adrenal gland and the thyroid connected?

MEN II or Graves dis: In multiple endocrine neoplasia type ii patients can have medullary thyroid cancer and adrenaline secreting tumors. This is a rare familial syndrome. Thyroid hormone excess (graves or hyperthyroidism) makes patients more responsive to their own adrenaline. This why hyperthyroid patients are started on inderal, (propranolol) a beta blocker. ...Read more

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