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What problems do adrenal gland adenomas cause?

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Most adrenal gland adenomas don’t cause any problems -- they just take up space. However, some of them are functioning tumors, which means they make the same hormones as your adrenal glands. The extra hormones from the tumor can lead to several conditions, such as Cushing’s syndrome. Typically, surgery and medicine can successfully treat the symptoms.

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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