The adrenal glands are small endocrine organs located just above the kidney and are essential to hormonal production throughout the body. Tumors of the adrenal come in benign and malignant forms, both of which are capable of altering normal hormonal regulation.
You may experience the following common symptoms:
While the cause of most adrenal tumors is unknown, there are some hereditary conditions that have been associated with an increased incidence of developing adrenal growths.
1) What to know before your visit:
2) Other tests that may be performed during or after your visit
Sometimes these tumors are able to be observed with repeat imaging on a six to 12 month basis.
On the occasion that the adrenal tumor is large in size, alters appropriate hormonal activity, or has a risk of malignancy (cancer), it should then be removed by a urologic oncologist. Hormonal therapy is usually required prior to surgery. An individualized surgical approach can be discussed with your doctor, and performed in a robotic, laparoscopic or open fashion.
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