Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Adrenal Masses May Be Serious, Treatable

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Adrenal Masses May Be Serious, Treatable

Article excerpt

Masses of the adrenal glands are the most common tumors in humans, although most of these are relatively harmless. Autopsy results have found that at least 3 percent of people over 50 years of age have an adrenal mass. Unless a patient is undergoing tests for a suspected adrenal disorder, tumors on the adrenal glands are usually discovered inadvertently. Improved abdominal imaging techniques have aroused new scientific interest, but for the most part these tumors are not a source of major concern.

After an adrenal mass is discovered, it is usually tested to determine hormonal activity and whether it is benign or malignant. The decision to treat with surgery or medication is made after the results are analyzed.

Some adrenal masses may be fatal. Some are caused by adrenocortical carcinomas or by overproduction of hormones because of pheochromocytomas, aldosteronomas, or subclinical hypercortisolism.

A history of cancer also plays a pivotal role in the severity of an adrenal tumor. If a patient has had cancer in the past, the tumor is more likely to be malignant. Cancer-free patients are more likely to have a benign mass. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.