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What is an adrenal incidentaloma?

An adrenal incidentaloma is an asymptomatic adrenal tumor that is discovered on an imaging test (CAT scan, MRI, etc.) which was ordered to evaluate a problem that is unrelated to adrenal disease. This definition does not include patients undergoing imaging procedures as a part of a workup or follow-up for cancer. Based on autopsy studies, adrenal masses are among the most common tumors in humans. Most adrenal masses cause no health problems. However, a small number of adrenal incidentalomas can cause serious disease. 

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