What is an aldosteronoma?

An aldosterone-producing tumor or aldosteronoma is a benign tumor in one of the adrenal glands that makes too much aldosterone. In bilateral hyperplasia, both adrenal glands are hyperactive and make too much aldosterone. Less common causes of primary hyperaldosteronism include unilateral adrenal hyperplasia (where one of the adrenal glands is hyperactive but there is no clear tumor), malignant aldosterone-producing tumor (a rare type of adrenocortical cancer that makes too much aldosterone), and genetic syndromes such as familial hyperaldosteronism types I and II in which both adrenal glands make too much aldosterone.  

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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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