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Does my small adrenal tumor need to be removed?

With the increasing use of CT scans and MRI, doctors are more likely these days to find small adrenal tumors (generally less than four centimeters in size) that they otherwise would not have known about (incidentaloma). As patients get older, they are more likely to have one of these small adrenal tumors. Most small adrenal tumors, unless they have suspicious imaging features, do not need to be removed. Your doctor should also obtain blood and/or urine tests to make sure the tumor is not producing excess hormones. You should also receive age-appropriate health screening to ensure that a small adrenal tumor is not a cancer that has spread from somewhere else (metastasis). Finally, small adrenal tumors that grow significantly over a short period of time may need to be removed. A repeat CT scan or MRI should be obtained six to twelve months after your first scan to make sure the tumor is not getting bigger.

For more information go to endocrinediseases.org:

  • http://endocrinediseases.org/adrenal/incidentaloma.shtml
  • https://www.aace.com/files/adrenal-guidelines.pdf

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