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What are the consequences of surgically removing the adrenal gland?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Removal of the adrenal galnds is a possible treatment option for certain adrenal disorders, such as Cushing's syndrome, hyperaldosteronism from a benign adrenal tumor or adrenal cancer. Removing the adrenal gland gets rid of the part of your body that secretes cortisol. Your body will still need cortisol, so you will have to take medication that makes up for the lack of natural production. If both adrenal glands are removed, there is a risk of developing Nelson's syndrome, which involves the growth of a pituitary tumor.

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