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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


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What is adrenal gland cancer?

What is adrenal gland cancer?

See below: There are two part of the adrenal gland and each has different types of cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/adrenalglandcancer.html. ...Read more

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What is a pituitary tumor?

What is a pituitary tumor?

A growth: A pituitary tumor is simply a growth on the pituitary. It's not cancerous but it could cause problems by increasing or decreasing pituitary hormone secretion. It can also cause visual problems if it's big enough. ...Read more

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What is adrenal hyperplasia?

What is adrenal hyperplasia?

Adrenal: Enlargement of the adrenal gland. Small gland that sits on top of kidneys. ...Read more

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What is an adrenal cancer tumour test?

What is an adrenal cancer tumour test?

No specific test: There is no specific test for adrenal cancer. Diagnosis is based on endocrine abnormalities and imaging. Depending on the part of adrenal affected, there are different endocrine abnormalities. ...Read more

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What exactly is a pituitary adenoma?

What exactly is a pituitary adenoma?

A type of tumor: Pituitary adenoma is a benign tumor that arises from the glandular tissue. It can oversecrete hormones normally made in the gland like growth hormone, prolactin etc., . ...Read more

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What is a neuroendocrine tumour?

What is a neuroendocrine tumour?

Hormonal Tumors: There are some substances released in the body called hormones such as insulin, thyroid hormone etc and there are other substances called neurotransmitters such as Epinephrine which is released in the brain and in between the nerves. So, a tumor arising in any part of the body which releases these substances is called a neuroendocrine tumor. ...Read more

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What is an adrenal tumor? Is it dangerous?

What is an adrenal tumor? Is it dangerous?

Adrenal tumor: The adrenal gland is above each kidney that helps regulate hormones for energy and metabolism. Tumors of the adrenal gland are commonly benign (non cancerous). These tumors can also rarely be metastatic tumors from lung cancer or rarely primary adrenal cancers. You should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the adrenal medulla?

What is the adrenal medulla?

The central core: The adrenal is actually to glands in one! the outer part (cortex) makes steroid hormones. The central part (medulla) makes Epinephrine and norepinephrine. These are fight or flight hormones that raise pulse and BP instantaneously in response to stress. ...Read more

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How is an adrenal tumor diagnosed?

Imaging studies: Imaging studies (ct scan, mri, u/s) are used to diagnosed an adrenal tumor...Then you need lab tests to know if the tumor is producing hormones... ...Read more

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What is a pineal tumor?

What is a pineal tumor?

A brain tumor: A pineal tumor is an abnormal growth in the pineal gland, which is in the center of the brain. It can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancer). Even benign pineal tumors may cause severe symptoms like vision loss, headaches, and hormone problems due to the location. ...Read more

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What is borderline ovarian tumor is concerous?

What is borderline ovarian tumor is concerous?

Borderline cancer: It is considered cancer, but is exactly borderline meaning it has some cellular features of overtly or typical ovarian cancer, but not all. It therefore also tends to behave much less aggressivley. It is often "cured" with removal of the ovary and most often a hysterectomy is recommended. Consultation with a gynecologist or gynecologic oncologist would be recommended to fully counsel a patient. ...Read more

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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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What is congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

What is congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Enzyme defeciency: This disease results from deficiency of an enzyme, 21 hydroxylase, that is essential for synthesis of adrenal hormones. Block in the synthesis of glucoroticoids causes excess production of male sex hormones. See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001448/. ...Read more

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What is tumor immunology?

What is tumor immunology?

See below: Tumors are made of cells that have gone bad and started to grow and replicate regardless of the cells around them. Each tumor as it gets more and more abhorrent expresses a variety of proteins. These proteins can be detected with antibodies and quantitated. It is complex. ...Read more

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What is adrenal insufficiency?

What is adrenal insufficiency?

Low adrenal function: The adrenal glands make a number of different hormones, most importantly cortisol. When a person's adrenals cannot make normal amounts of cortisol, they are diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, or failure. This can be due to a problem in the adrenals (infection, tumor, bleeding, auto-immune destruction) or in the pituitary or parts of the brain that control the adrenals. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an adrenal tumor?

What sort of problem is an adrenal tumor?

Adrenal tumor: 1/1500 adrenal tumors can be cancerous (although very rare) so if you found an adrenal tumor, you need to see your doc to see 1)if it's producing any adrenal hormones or just non-functioning, 2)what's the size of the tumor and what's the likelihood it is cancerous or will turn cancerous (tumor > 6 CM very high risk) (i.E what's its charecteristics on ct scan, hounsfield units...). ...Read more

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What sort of problem is adrenal cancer?

What sort of problem is adrenal cancer?

Uncommon, glandular: Uncommon cancer of the adrenal glands (above kidneys). May present with pain, or effects of abnormal production of a variety of hormones that affect blood sugar, sex hormones, stress responce, salt/fluid balance. Can be curable caught early enough; like most cancers, potentially deadly. ...Read more

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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