The adrenal glands produce important hormones, like cortisol, that are essential to normal body function. An adrenal tumor is an abnormal growth on one or both glands.
Adrenal Tumors: What You Need to Know
- Adrenal tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
- Many adrenal tumors are not symptomatic, however some adrenal tumors will release excess hormones that may lead to symptoms including high blood pressure, facial flushing, weight gain, headaches and palpitations.
- Pheochromocytoma is a rare adrenal tumor that releases excess epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones that can raise your blood pressure and heart rate. Read more about pheochromocytoma here
Adrenalectomy, or surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands, may be recommended if a tumor produces hormones or is suspicious for cancer.
During adrenalectomy, one or both adrenal glands are removed. If both adrenal glands are removed, the hormones produced by the adrenals can be replaced with medications.
- Most tumors can be removed through laparoscopic adrenalectomy, a minimally invasive surgery; although some tumors are best removed through a traditional open incision.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Treatment of Adrenal Tumors?
Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help manage adrenal tumors.
Our experts have pioneered robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques to provide patients with better results and less downtime following treatment for adrenal tumors.
Our surgeons also have extensive experience removing complex adrenal and renal tumors through more traditional open incisions and can help decide the best approach for you and your tumor.