Endocrine System

Does an adrenal tumor cause panic attacks?

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  • AAjay Sahajpal, MD, Transplant Surgery, answered on behalf of Aurora Health Care

    Adrenal tumors can be functional or nonfunctional. If functional it can release certain hormones. Generally it should not cause panic attacks, however it can cause symptoms and signs including high blood pressure, headaches, sweating, and rapid heart rate. Some of these can mimic a panic attack.

  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Adrenal Gland and Pheochromocytoma
    An adrenal tumor, or pheochromocytoma, secretes the hormone epinephrine, the “fight or flight” hormone, which produces symptoms similar to those of a panic attack. Watch Dr. Oz talk more about these symptoms.

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