The adrenal glands perform a very important function. They regulate the “stress” hormones – cortisol – that aids in regulating your immune system, blood sugar and metabolism.
The hormones produced by the adrenal glands assist your body with controlling sugar, burning protein and fat and reacts to stress. These hormones perform a long list of vital effects which include the immune system, insulin function and dietary metabolism.
“Endocrinologist” is specialized in the treatment of Adrenal diseases.
Disorders of the adrenal glands are often the result of over production or low production of the various hormones. Medications can sometimes control the excess hormone release, but most often surgery is the only cure.
Adrenal gland issues frequently result from over or under production of a number of hormones. At times, the proper medication can control an excess of hormone release however, most frequently, surgery is the only sure option.
Disorders of Adrenal glands include:
* Pheochromocytoma: Too much catecholamines resulting in dangerously high blood pressure
* Aldosternomas: Too much aldosterone, often resulting in high blood pressure
* Cushing's Syndrome: Excess production of Cortisol hormone
* Adrenal Incidentaloma: Incidental growths on adrenal glands
* Addison's disease: Gradual damage to the outer layer of the adrenal gland
* Adrenal Cancer
Our renowned experts diagnose and treat hundreds of patients with adrenal gland diseases each year, giving us a remarkable level of experience and expertise that translates into exemplary care.
Your personal team of specialists, which may include endocrinologists, surgeons, nuclear medicine physicians, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, meets regularly and communicates closely. They work together – and with you – to be sure you receive the best care.
Causes of adrenal gland disorders include:
Tumors including pheochromocytomas
Problem in pituitary gland, which helps to regulate adrenal gland
Accurate diagnosis of adrenal gland tumors is often challenging, and it requires a high degree of skill and experience. Your treatment at “Endocrinologist” includes the most advanced methods with the least impact on the body, including targeted therapies and nuclear medicine approaches.
We have a range of specialized approaches, including radiographic scanning, adreno-venous sampling and biochemical testing, to diagnose and determine the extent of disease. And, since many adrenal gland tumors are inherited, we offer comprehensive genetic testing and counseling.