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Do adrenal tumor symptoms happen at any time of day?

Sometimes. The most common adrenal hormone is cortisol. This hormone has a "diurnal" or morning-evening variation. This variation is lost when there is a tumor producing this hormone, since a tumor is unchecked growth and therefore does not come under the usual control of other feedback methods. Read more...
Yes. Hormonally active adrenal tumors like pheochromocytoma or a cortisol producing tumor are capable of producing symptoms at any hour. Read more...

Please explain what are some symptoms of an adrenal tumor?

Depends. Adrenal tumors are of two major types, cortex and medullary tumors. Cortical cancers produce steroid hormones and medullary ones produce catecholemines. Medullar tumors produce high blood pressure where as symptoms of cortical tumors depend on the hormone produced. See this site for more info. http://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/your-adrenal-glands. Read more...

For those who have suffered from an adrenal tumor, can you explain the symptoms?

Various. The adrenal has two parts: cortex and medulla. Cortex produces cortisol, aldosterone and sex hormones; medulla procudes epinepherine type compounds. Depends on the tumor, but you may have a syndrome presentation (cushing, addison), or high blood pressure, nose bleeds, brown skin, etc. This is something where the type of tumor will determine the exact type of symptoms. Read more...
Need more info. The adrenal gland makes lots of different hormones. If a patient has a functioning adrenal tumor, symptoms depend on the type of hormone the tumor makes. Certain cancers metastasize to adrenals and do not make hormones. More information on the tumor you're referring to will be helpful. Thanks. Read more...

If one has an adrenal tumor secreting testosterone, would the testosterone secreted by it reduce in the body post an abortion for a temporary period?

No. An adrenal coritical tumor continues to produce hormones unless suppressed by known agents.If the tumor is small it is probably benign but if it grows there is a chance it can be malignant and surgical removal is necessary In any case a hormorme producing lesion can easily be resected thru the bed of the 12th rib Hormone secretion will not lessen post abortion. Read more...

Relationship between high testosterone levels in a male and possible adrenal tumor? Other symptoms of adrenal tumor aside from testosterone levels?

Doubt any. High testosterone levels in a normally-functioning young man probably mean nothing, perhaps a personal variant in the amount of the binding protein. I am most concerned about your pituitary adenoma, which as a prolactin-producer is likely to affect your libido independent of your testosterone levels. Adrenal tumors can produce other androgens but seldom testosterone. Read more...

I have double normal cortisol blood level, have burning pain under my ribs and on left side near umbilicus. Could these symptoms be of adrenal tumor?

Unlikely. Blood cortisol varies considerably throughout the day, so a single value does not mean much. A cortisol-producing adrenal tumor is rare. Pain from an adrenal tumor would more likely cause back pain, if it caused pain at all. See your doctor, but this is unlikely to be an adrenal tumor. Read more...

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...
Several methods. Imaging and serum hormone levels (stimulation tests included) must be combined with a tissue sampling to get a definitive diagnosis. Imaging is very good for particular tumors, but there is enough overlap radiographically, that a core needle or similar biopsy is required to get a definitive diagnosis -- especially if you are going to be followed (not operated on). Read more...
Blood test and CT. Blood tests to check for hormone excess production. A cat scan to look for adrenal enlargement. Read more...

Should a 4.2 mm adrenal tumor be removed?

It depends. First of all, I am assuming you mean a 4.2 centimeter tumor. If so, the first issue is to determine if this tumor is "functional", meaning that it secretes abnormal amounts of normal substances such as Epinephrine or steroids. If it is not functional, most people will watch tumors less than 4 CM and remove those larger than 6cm; the decision for those 4-6cm is often based on one's age and health. Read more...
No unless. Unless it's hornonally active in which surgical excision is an option. Keep in mind that most adrenal nodules of this size ate benign and "non" secretors that only need serial imaging to ensure the size remains stable. Read more...