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What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?
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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Secretory
An adrenal adenoma usually does not produce the usual adrenal hormones (corticosteroids or mineralocorticoids) but if does, it is called hyperfunctioning.

In brief: Secretory
An adrenal adenoma usually does not produce the usual adrenal hormones (corticosteroids or mineralocorticoids) but if does, it is called hyperfunctioning.
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Dr. Richard Orr
The adenoma may produce aldosterone - which leads to hypertension and low potassium in the blood. Or it may produce a cortisone like hormone that leads to weight gain, diabetes, hypertension, and a host of other symptoms. Pheochromocytomas come from a different part of the adrenal and produce hypertension, palpitations, and so forth. As stated, most adenomas are not hyperfunctioning.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: They do not function
Most adenomas are found by accident.
They are usually asymptomatic and 2-5 cm in diameter and do not require therapy unless enlarging. One should then do blood studies to rule our pheochromocytoma. Which produces agents elevating blood pressure requiring Alpha and beta blockage. If removal required, best handled thru bed of 12th rib rather than an anterior approach used for large adrenal masses.

In brief: They do not function
Most adenomas are found by accident.
They are usually asymptomatic and 2-5 cm in diameter and do not require therapy unless enlarging. One should then do blood studies to rule our pheochromocytoma. Which produces agents elevating blood pressure requiring Alpha and beta blockage. If removal required, best handled thru bed of 12th rib rather than an anterior approach used for large adrenal masses.
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