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Tests Of Adrenal Reserve
Hormones and CT: Tests for adrenal function: blood and urine tests for catecholamines (pheochromocytomas produce elevated BP and other symptoms), aldosterone blood levels (conn's syndrome produces elevated BP and low potassium blood levels) and cortisol levels (cushing syndrome). Ct may be useful if hormonal abnormalities are detected. If cushing's is strongly suspected, additional blood tests are required. ...Read more
Life threatening: Your adrenal glands make hormones which help to maintain normal salt and sugar levels in your blood as well as normal blood pressure. An adrenal crisis is a severe presentation of adrenal insufficiency which is life threatening due to potential problems with severely low blood pressure, in addition to very abnormal salt and sugar levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get home tests that tell you if you have adrenal insufficiency or problems with the gland?
No: An endocrinologist needs to be involved in order to diagnose adrenal insufficiency. Usually stimulation testing is necessary. If your pituitary gland is involved then other hormones will also be checked. The adrenal makes lots of different hormones. If the source of insufficiency is because of congenital adrenal hyperplasia or autoimmune disease, testing is a little different. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hormones/it depends,: This can have many tests that are off, primarily hormones like cortisol and aldosterone. Others can be affected as well like sodium and potassium, due to the lack of aldosterone. If the cause is from the hypothalamus, then acth can also be off and this tests is often used in the diagnosis of the kind of adrenal insufficiency. It would be best to see your doctor for these tests to find the cause. ...Read more
Can afinitor helps to prevent the spread of adrenal gland cancer? How it works? Any clinical trial on this drug against adrenal gland cancer in USA?
Not confirmed: That data on this drug for adrenal cancer is very limited. Efficacy has not been confirmed yet. It is not approved in the United States for this indication. I am not aware of clinical trial on this disease but you may want to contact major centers or check clinicaltrials.gov ...Read more
47 yrs diagnosed with an adrenal adenoma, still get pain in left side, painful periods. The next step is?Seeing an gastroenterologist who found by ct.
Incidental finding: An adrenal adenoma is a common finding on cat scans of the abdomen. Most of the time they are of no concern. Other times they can produce harmful hormones or even be a sign of cancer. Your internal medicine doctor may order more blood tests or even a surgical evaluation based on the size of the adenoma. See your primary care doctor for further instructions. ...Read more
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