How are adrenal gland disorders treated?

In mild cases, adrenal gland disorders may require no treatment. When high blood pressure or diabetes arises from adrenal gland disorders, medication to control these conditions may be administered. In severe cases, the tumor or growth leading to adrenal gland malfunction may be surgically removed. In cases of adrenal cancer, chemotherapy may be employed. Following treatment, hormone therapy may be used to correct hormone imbalances. Treatment for adrenal gland disorders is usually very successful.

What are the potential complications of adrenal gland disorders?

In most cases, the symptoms of adrenal gland disorders are mild and may not even require treatment. In some cases, however, symptoms of adrenal gland disorders can affect other systems, leading to serious, even life-threatening complications. This is especially true in cases in which electrolyte balance is affected. You can help minimize your risk of serious complications by following the treatment plan you and your health care professional design specifically for you. Complications of adrenal gland disorders include:

  • Damage to other internal organs, such as kidneys, brain or heart
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Stroke

What are the signs of adrenal gland problems?

Adrenal gland symptoms are related to the production of too many or too few hormones by the adrenal glands, which are hormone-producing organs located near the tops of both kidneys. Hormones from the adrenal glands are responsible for many functions. For example, adrenaline controls the body’s fight-or-flight responses, while male sex hormones, such as androgens, control parts of human developm... Read more about adrenal gland symptomsintroduction


What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorders?

Symptoms of adrenal gland disorders are dependent on the part of the adrenal glands affected and the hormones produced. In many cases, mild hormone overproduction will not lead to symptoms. Symptoms can fall into a variety of categories, such as:

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What causes adrenal gland disorders?

In many cases of hormone excess, adrenal gland disorders arise from either a benign growth or tumor of the adrenal glands. These conditions are not hereditary, and in many cases, the cause of the tumor or growth is not known. Specific adrenal gland disorders can result from various causes including:

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Jul 29, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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