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Adenoma of the adrenal gland


Other Names for this Disease

  • Adrenal adenoma
  • Adrenal cortical adenoma
  • Adrenal incidentaloma
  • Adrenocortical adenoma
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Treatment

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How might adenomas of the adrenal gland be treated?

The best treatment options for adenomas of the adrenal gland depend on many factors, including whether or not the adenoma is "functional" (releasing hormones). People with adrenal adenomas that are not releasing hormones usually do not require any immediate treatment; however, they may need to follow up with a healthcare provider regularly to determine if the adenoma has grown and to make sure that it does not start producing hormones.[1]

Functional adrenal adenomas are typically treated with surgery. Removal of the affected adrenal gland usually resolves other medical conditions that may be present as a result of elevated adrenal hormones (i.e. primary aldosteronism, Cushing's syndrome). In some cases, functional adrenal adenomas can be treated with medications that block the function or lower the levels of the overproduced hormone.[2][3][4][1]
Last updated: 11/25/2014

References
  1. George T Griffing, MD. Adrenal Incidentaloma. Medscape. September 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/116587-overview.
  2. NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. July 2013; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cushings/cushings.htm.
  3. Ashley B. Grossman, MD, FRCP. Virilization. Merck Manual. September 2014; http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/hormonal_and_metabolic_disorders/adrenal_gland_disorders/virilization.html.
  4. Hyperaldosteronism - Primary and Secondary. MedlinePlus. August 2013; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000330.htm.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Adrenal adenoma
  • Adrenal cortical adenoma
  • Adrenal incidentaloma
  • Adrenocortical adenoma
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.