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Doctor insights on: Nodule On Adrenal Gland

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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In a metastic colon can patient is a nodule in adrenal gland a met?

It can be: Adrenal nodules are common and are often benign. But several cancers are prone to spread and land in the Adrenal gland as metastatic cancer. This can be determines with the help of PET scan or a biopsy if the nodule is growing in serial CT scan studies. This can be sorted out in 2-3 month time of follow up/repeat study.

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


Dr. Philip Kern Dr. Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
39 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Can you tell me what it mean when the doctor's find a 9mm nodule on your adrenal gland?

Incidentaloma: This was undoubtedly found on a ct or MRI that was done for some other reason. These incidentally discovered "incidentalomas" are usually benign lumps and of no significance. There are 2 questions your doctor will want to ask: 1. Is the nodule secreting any hormones, like adrenaline, cortisol, etc; and 2. Is the nodule growing, which would raise a suspicion for cancer.

Dr. Girish Kalva Dr. Kalva
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
NTR University of Health Sciences, Gandhi Medical College
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Have a 5mm groundglass infiltrate right upper lobe, also a 1.6cm low density nodule on left adrenal gland and left adrenal gland is thickened?

Have a 5mm groundglass infiltrate right upper lobe, also a 1.6cm low density nodule on left adrenal gland and left adrenal gland is thickened?

What do you want?: Doctors have to add up ur history, exam, medical problems, your social habits like drinking, smoking and your family history to come to a conclusion. We are not Gods to see just a CT scan result and give you a diagnosis. Please provide above details if you need more insight into what these lesions could be.....Hope you don't misunderstand me...

Dr. Andrew Seibert Dr. Seibert
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
31 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Colon cancer pt. Old ct- nodule on left adrenal gland. (was not met). New ct- new adrenal nodule. Are these the same or diffetent ones, ?

Must compare CT's: The best way to tell if these are the same nodule or if this is a new nodule would be to have the radiologist or your oncologist compare the CT's side-by-side. It may be obvious that they are or are not the same nodule. If it is not obvious, then further testing may be necessary, perhaps even a biopsy of the nodule if it is worrisome. Good luck.

Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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CT revealed 9mm nodule on left adrenal gland, measures 30 HU on precontrast study. What does this mean? 28yrs old, 5'8 130lbs, sudden high BP, headaches

CT revealed 9mm nodule on left adrenal gland, measures 30 HU on precontrast study. What does this mean? 28yrs old, 5'8 130lbs, sudden high BP, headaches

DEPEND ON BLOOD WORK: The CT scan showing adrenal mass 9 mm, most likely benign with this size, and this kind of resolution. The major question, specially with a history of hypertension, and headache, if you are having a functional tumor, like hormone producing tumor or not, like pheochromocytoma. the only way to know that is by blood test. Good luck

Dr. Patrick Kohlitz Dr. Kohlitz
Internal Medicine
7 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Ct revealed 12mm nodule in left and 9mm nodule in right adrenal glands (incidentalomas). Had MRI of adrenals no mass found. Is this very serious?

Ct revealed 12mm nodule in left and 9mm nodule in right adrenal glands (incidentalomas). Had MRI of adrenals no mass found. Is this very serious?

Speak with your doc: Adrenal gland nodules are very common and frequently are benign meaning they cause no harm. "incidentalomas" may have certain characteristics on an MRI that indicate they are benign. Additionally, blood tests may be warranted elucidate what type of nodule you have. This is nothing to worry about but definitely speak with your physician.

Dr. Philip Kern Dr. Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
39 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Ct revealed 12mm nodule in left and 9mm nodule in right adrenal glands in (incidentalomas). Had MRI of adrenals no mass found. Is this very serious?

Incidentalomas: So they were present on the ct, but not present on the mri? These scanning techniques are sooooo sensitive, they pick up these tiny "warts" in glands, which often have no significance. This is probably nothing, but talk to your doctor. Assuming these things are not secreting any hormones, your doc may want to get another picture in 1 yr to make sure they are not growing.

Dr. Leonard Stein Dr. Stein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
43 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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I have a 1.3 nodule on left adrenal gland, I have sporadically rapid pulse, high blood pressure, fatigue, feeling unwell, visual disturbances, extreme pain all over. Had thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy,?

I have a 1.3 nodule on left adrenal gland, I have sporadically rapid pulse, high blood pressure, fatigue, feeling unwell, visual disturbances, extreme pain all over. Had thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy,?

Endocrine consult: This finding and your symptoms could represent a Pheochromoctroma which should be removed if present. There are blood test that would suggest the likelihood of this problem. It is important that this be worked up. Seek endocrinology consultation.

Dr. Gerald Mandell Dr. Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
48 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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I have 9mm nodule on my right adrenal gland. I also had a mibg scan done, what to do?

I have 9mm nodule on my right adrenal gland. I also had a mibg scan done, what to do?

Ask your doctor: Disposition depends on clinical symptoms and results of tests. Mibg scan shows functioning tumors such as pheochromocytoma. Symptoms of pheo include headache, sweating, palpitations, elevated blood pressure, anxiety.Nodule usually needs characterization by mri. Adrenocortical carcinoma can produce hormones with virilization and feminization. Some asymptomatic nodules followed such as benign adenoma.

Dr. Lester Thompson Dr. Thompson
Pathology
29 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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What is meant by nodular thickening of the left adrenal gland related to hyperplasia without well defined nodule?

Size and location: The adrenal glands can increase in size due to hyperplasia (usually bilateral) or a tumor (adenoma or carcinoma). However, hyperplasia may give rise to a thickening of the gland by imaging. There is also nodular hyperplasia, which is often related to specific hormone production (cortisol, aldosterone, etc). Not sure if you are symptomatic.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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I too was told I have a thickening of my left adrenal gland as well as nodules in my lungs and lesions on my kidneys. Should I be concerned?

I too was told I have a thickening of my left adrenal gland as well as nodules in my lungs and lesions on my kidneys. Should I be concerned?

Lesions in lung: YES! But need much more information. BP/ Where do you live? Histoplasmosis country? Blood in your urine? How old are you? Why was the scan done? Any known cancer? Happy to consult as I specialize in adrenal problems. Be worried!!!

Dr. Thomas Knecht Dr. Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
27 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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I am 55 years old. I am ashamed to go out because I sweat on my face only. I have an adrenal gland with a nodule on it. HELP! My Anxiety High,?

I am 55 years old. I am ashamed to go out because I sweat on my face only. I have an adrenal gland with a nodule on it. HELP! My Anxiety High,?

See endocrinologist: Hi. Abnormal sweating and anxiety in the setting of an adrenal nodule is suggestive. Do you have headaches and palpitations? There may be a cause-and-effect relationship between your symptoms and the adrenal tumor. You need a good endocrinologist with adrenal expertise. Don't have any elective surgeries until you get this evaluated. Good luck!

Dr. Philip Kern Dr. Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
39 years in practice
New York Medical College
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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.

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss Dr. Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
New York Medical College
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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.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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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.

Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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Can you tell me about tumor on adrenal gland?

Can you tell me about tumor on adrenal gland?

Primary and metastat: Functional adrenal tumors of the cental cortex region cause Cushings disease. In the cortex one finds the pheochromocytoma which can be benign or malignant and produce hormonal activity elevating blood pressure. Metastatic lesions are also found with the primary in kidney or lung. In most cases, except for small benign adenoma, surgery indicated.

Dr. Jared Adams Dr. Adams
General Practice
7 years in practice
Dartmouth Medical School
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Does an abd ultraspund show the adrenal gland?

Yes, but: It is not very accurate if an adrenal problem is suspected.

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Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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Can you tell me about rare adrenal gland tumor?

Can you tell me about rare adrenal gland tumor?

3 types: The adrenal gland is a double structured gland with a central medullary portion which when a tumor develops produces adrenaline like products elevating BP. The cortical tumors produce cortisone and when functional present with Cushngs syndrome. The 3rd lesion is metastatic to adrenal from primaries of kidney and lung and sometimes melanoma.

Dr. Samuel Freedman Dr. Freedman
Pediatrics
5 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorder?

What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorder?

Adrenal: The adrenal comprises 2 major parts - one that mediates " adrenalin" or catecholamines and the other that controls cortisone release, androgens, and a salt- retentive hormone called aldosterone. Depending on which part is affected symptoms differ.

Dr. Pam Yoder Dr. Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What sort of problem is an adrenal gland disorder?

What sort of problem is an adrenal gland disorder?

Endocrine: I will refer this to experts in endocrinology and reproductive endocrinology. Thanks for asking this important question.

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