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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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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