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Thickening Adrenal Gland Causes
What would cause a mildly thickened adrenal gland. My CT report says I have this but my doctors have not recommended any follow up. Not sure what to do.
Benign process: Fullness in the adrenal gland can be due to a benign process, like an adenoma, or malignancy from lung or other types of cancer. Measuring hounsfield units on ct can be helpful (usually hu of 20 or less is benign). If the area is equivocal, then a dedicated ct or MRI of the adrenals can be performed. Did your ct report have hu for the adrenal gland? Do you have a history of lung cancer? ...Read more
Is a left adrenal gland that is mildly thickened something to be concerned about? Ct report said it may represent hyperplasia. What can cause this?
Adrenal abnormality: Why was the ct done? It is common to discover something "incidentally" on the adrenals. Cts are very sensitive and they pick up all sorts of things that are often nothing more than "warts". See your doctor. With this info, you need to determine whether your adrenal (s) are producing too much hormone. Then you and your doctor need to figure out who used the term "hyperplasia" and why. ...Read more
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
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
High or Low function:
Here is a good reference
http://my. Clevelandclinic. Org/disorders/adrenal/endo_description. Aspx. ...Read more
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
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
Can adrenal gland problems can cause you to have bone pain? If so, which problems can cause bone pain?
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. ...Read more
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
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... ...Read more
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?
By itself, nonspecific. It can mean there is hypertrophy (normal variant) or an adrenal mass which can be benign or malignant. These incidental findings can be anxiety provoking but it's always better to know. Options include follow up CT or abdominal MR. Given findings are mild, I wouldn't be surprised if CT is repeated, likely with IV contrast.
Discuss with your primary doc and radiologist. ...Read more
CT scan shows nonspecific mild nodularity/thickening of medial left adrenal gland. Having MRI this week. Is this why I have pain there? All else normal
Unlikly cause o pain: It is very unlikely that you are experiencing pain from your adrenal gland. The adrenal gland sits at the top of the kidney and produced hormones. You can get bleeding into the gland which can be felt as pain, but that situation does not appear like nodular thickening. The follow-up MRI is used to exclude a mass as the cause of the thickening. ...Read more
Why would my doctor not recommend following up with a specialist when my CT said my left adrenal gland was mildly thickened? This doesn't seem normal.
Local problem: I am sure you can understand that none of us can speak for your physician. This is a question you have a right to ask. Be brave. Ask them. ...Read more
19 yrs girl overmasturbation externally 5 or 6 times a day causes harmonal imbalance, vitamin deficiency or adrenal gland problems in body?
None of the above.: Masturbation no matter the frequency does not cause any of those things, or hair loss, or insanity or moral depravity. None of those. However it can cause a sense of guilt if you have grown up being told that - this can then lead to symptoms that make you wonder if you have disease or not. ...Read more
What pituitary hormones cause the adrenal gland to produce mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids, and androgens and estrogens including pregnenolone?
Pituitary & steroids: Hi. Pituitary ACTH regulates adrenal cortisol production; it also acutely stimulates aldosterone, but is not the principle regulator. LH principally stimulates gonadal steroid hormone production (both genders make androgens & estrogens, but in opposite dominance). Pregnenolone is early in the steroidogenic pathway in both adrenals and gonads. Good luck! ...Read more
Recent CT scan indicated mild thickening of left adrenal gland unchanged. I get heart palpitations when I lie on my left side. Is this serious?
Nothing serious: CT findings and palpitations are unrelated. If you are otherwise well, with no history of cancer, the mild thickening is most often unimportant. Palpitations are due to a sudden racing of the heart, or to premature heartbeats that feel like a skipped beat or a quick flutter. These palpitations are usually not an indication of heart disease. SEE <a href="http://bit. Ly/1vlj5cr" rel="nofollow" target ...Read more
Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?
It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read more
Nonspecific thickening of the left adrenal gland. Could this be causing my amenorrhea x3mths, lower back pain. POF and endometriosis. That is being tx. Scattered subcentimeter mesenteric and periaortic lymph nodes are nonspecific. Is it linked?
Adrenal: Could be. Do you have Cushing'sGet a more detailed answer ›
My family doctor told me that my adrenal gland what producing to much aldosterone hormones which cause me to have low potassium is this serious?
Aldosteroneoma: Sometimes you can have a (benign) tumor on one adrenal that makes too much aldosterone. It causes hypertension and low k. It can be treated with aldactone, (spironolactone) but sometimes surgery can cure it. But sometimes it is not surgically curable. The condition is serious if not treated, mainly due to the hypertension and low k. ...Read more
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
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
This is a very important hormone.
I recommend you go online and look for articles designed for non-doctors that will give you a lot of understandable information about the adrenal gland and others.
Once you have read a few articles and still have questions, don't hesitate to ask again! ...Read more
No easy answer: It depends on what you mean by "bad". If you have adrenal insufficiency, then both glands have to be bad and you need an ACTH stim test. If there is a mass, then a CT or MRI can evaluate it. If one gland is overproducing a hormone, then you may need a complicated procedure to draw blood from the veins that drain each gland. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more