This image highlights where your adrenal glands are located
A staff member in the place where I work announced that she was going to her doctor today. She mentioned that she had an adrenal adenoma.
Almost immediately, thoughts began rushing through my mind.
“Is it fatal?”
“Will she be ok?”
When I heard this news, I began my search for the answers. I simply had to know everything about adrenal adenoma.
Adrenal Adenoma is a non-cancerous tumor located in the cerebral cortex of the adrenal gland.
The non-cancerous tumor is caused by an abundance of hormones that take up space in the adrenal glands, instead of moving the body.
This is a CT scan of adrenal adenoma
Cushing Syndrome, along with several other serious conditions can result from the collection of these unmoved hormones.
Doctors cannot find a cause of these adenomas.
Symptoms of Adrenal Adenoma.
- The symptoms vary depending on the function of the hormones being accumulated.
- Aldosterone – An over-abundance of this hormone can cause high blood pressure and low potassium levels. The high levels of this hormone, have also been linked to Conn’s Disease.
- Conn’s Disease is caused by the extreme collection of aldosterone. The clever thing about this particular adenoma is that it hides in high blood pressure, which can be caused by a number of other things like poor diet rather than Conn’s Disease.
- Cortisol – The hormones that collect themselves in your adrenal gland that carry this function, cause a rise in your weight. This can be found in your belly and make your head appear to be more round. This hormone collection also can cause mood swings and make you a good candidate for Diabetes. Also, by this hormone collection, it could lead to Cushing Syndrome.
- Cushing Syndrome is when the cortisol in your body becomes excessively abundant in your adrenal glands. This can corrupt the functionality of a number of your body’s systems. While it is possible for Cushing Syndrome to be cured, your body may need time to recover from the lack of proper function.
- Sex Hormones – The over-grouping of these hormones have different effects on the different sexes.
- Females – Too much testosterone can cause you not to have any menstrual cycles as well as hair loss.
- Males – Too much estrogen can cause a decreased sex drive and even problems getting an erection.
However, there are a couple of genetic conditions that exist for those who are more likely to have them.
Who’s a Good Candidate?:
- Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia – This is a rare condition caused by non-cancerous tumors located in the endocrine system. The hormones released from the endocrine system control many different and important functions of the body.
- Symptoms of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia – More often than not, these non-cancerous tumors may not even carry warning signs. In fact, you may be unaware that you even have them. If you have these types of non-cancerous tumors, you are more likely to get non-cancerous tumors in your adrenal glands as well.
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis – This rare condition is caused by the presence of an over-abundance of polyps that grow in your large intestine, as well as your upper respiratory tract. This too will make you a good candidate for Adrenal Adenomas.
Treatment for Adrenal Adenomas:
- Surgery – If the adenoma is not functioning, your doctor will not likely suggest any procedure.
- However, if the adenoma is alive and well, your doctor may suggest that total removal of the gland and the adenoma may be in order. This removal is done through small holes made in your body.
- If the adenoma proves cancerous, your doctor will have to perform open surgery.
- Medicine – In some cases, a hormone stopping medication may be the answer to prevent the function of the hormones or their accumulation.
The important thing to note here is that the tumors are NON-CANCEROUS. These tumors may not be malignant, but they can sure make your life a living hell.
That being said, I strongly urge anyone that has any of these conditions to follow the doctor’s suggestions and stay healthy.