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How does familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) cause adrenal gland adenoma?

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Doctors don’t know what causes adrenal gland adenomas, but you’re more likely to get one if you have certain genetic conditions, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). This is a rare condition characterized by the presence of hundreds or even thousands of noncancerous polyps (growths) in the large intestine and upper respiratory tract.

From: What Is an Adrenal Gland Adenoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink: “All About Adrenal Cancer,” “All About Neuroblastoma.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Adrenal Tumors.”

American Cancer Society: “Adrenal Cancer.”

KidsHealth: “Hormones.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the Stress Response.”

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, “Adenoma of the Adrenal Gland.”

NIH National Cancer Institute: “Adrenocortical Carcinoma Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version,” “Pituitary Tumors Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Adrenal Tumors.”

Medscape: “Pheochromocytoma.”

USC, Department for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases, “Adrenal Tumors.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on February 20, 2017

SOURCES:

The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink: “All About Adrenal Cancer,” “All About Neuroblastoma.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Adrenal Tumors.”

American Cancer Society: “Adrenal Cancer.”

KidsHealth: “Hormones.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the Stress Response.”

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, “Adenoma of the Adrenal Gland.”

NIH National Cancer Institute: “Adrenocortical Carcinoma Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version,” “Pituitary Tumors Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Adrenal Tumors.”

Medscape: “Pheochromocytoma.”

USC, Department for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases, “Adrenal Tumors.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on February 20, 2017

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