- Q What is the rate of incidence for adrenal gland disorders?
The rates of incidence for specific adrenal gland disorders vary. They are, however, relatively rare. About 10 to 15 in one million people are diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome each year. Addison's disease is even more rare. Doctors believe that there... Full Answer
- Q Can adrenal gland disorders be cured?
Adrenal gland disorders cannot be cured. They can, however, be managed with medication. Some complications of adrenal gland disorders might require additional treatment. Full Answer
- Q Can adrenal gland disorders be prevented?
Because the cause of most adrenal gland disorders is not known, they can be difficult to prevent. Many causes of adrenal gland disorders, such as cancerous and benign tumors, are themselves difficult to prevent. If you have a family history of adrenal... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for adrenal gland disorders?
Alternative treatments do not currently address adrenal gland disorders. These disorders are treated with medications that replace cortisol and other naturally occurring hormones with synthetic hormones. Medications are necessary to manage adrenal gland... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat adrenal gland disorders?
Medications treat adrenal gland disorders by replacing the cortisol and other hormones normally produced by the adrenal glands with synthetic hormones. IV fluids and other treatments may be administered to treat the initial symptoms of adrenal gland... Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my adrenal gland disorder symptoms?
Adrenal gland disorders can be life-threatening. Addison's disease leaves the body without enough cortisol to respond adequately to stress and can cause adrenal crisis and death if the body encounters a severe stress, such as injury or infection.... Full Answer
- Q How are adrenal gland disorders diagnosed?
Adrenal gland disorders can often be diagnosed by blood test. These tests can tell doctors if your blood levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, are normal. If they are too high or too low, an adrenal gland disorder is usually diagnosed. If your doctor... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for adrenal gland disorders?
Many adrenal gland disorders occur for no apparent reason. However, cancer or tumors of the adrenal glands can increase your risk for adrenal gland disorder. Some infections, such as tuberculosis, can increase your risk, as can autoimmune disorders.... Full Answer
- Q How do adrenal gland disorders affect the body?
Adrenal gland disorders can affect the body drastically because they affect blood levels of crucial hormones. The adrenal glands produce hormones that regulate metabolism and help the body respond to stress, as well as reproductive hormones like estrogen... Full Answer
- Q What causes adrenal gland disorders?
Adrenal gland disorders occur for a number of reasons. Cushing's syndrome occurs when the adrenal glands produce excess cortisol. Addison's disease occurs when the adrenal gland produce too little cortisol. Other adrenal gland disorders can occur as a... Full Answer