Addison`s disease

Who it affects Addison`s disease is a rare disorder affecting 1 in every 100,000 people. It may be due to antibody destruction of cells in the adrenal gland, surgical removal of the adrenal glands, infections or inherited conditions. What gland…

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Adrenal dictionary

Adrenalectomy Removal of the adrenal gland by surgery. This is increasingly being performed laproscopically where possible. Aldosterone A hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response numerous factors, including. Aldosterone acts on the kidneys to conserve sodium and water. In…

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Conn’s syndrome

Who it affects Conn`s syndrome or primary hyperaldosteronism occurs in 2% of patients with high blood pressure. What gland is involved The adrenal glands are affected in this disorder. There are 2 adrenal glands. They are small star shaped glands…

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Adrenal surgery

When is this performed? When there is a specific adrenal lesion that over produces hormones, e.g. Conn`s syndrome, phaeochromocytoma When a malignant adrenal lesion cannot be ruled out, e.g. lesion greater than 5cm or lesion enlarging at fast rate Both…

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Cushing`s syndrome

What is it This disorder is characterised by an excess of glucocorticoids or steroid production in the body. Who it affects Cushing`s syndrome is a rare disorder affecting 1 per 500,000 people. What gland is involved Cushing`s syndrome may result…

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Phaeochromocytoma

Who it affects This is a rare condition that affects about 5 in 1 million people. What gland is involved Phaeochromocytomas usually arise in the adrenal glands. They secrete catecholamine hormones, usually adrenaline or noradrenaline.  Symptoms Patients with a phaeochromocytoma…

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