What is the thoracoabdominal approach to adrenal surgery?

For very large tumors or cancers growing into other organs or spreading into the veins that drain the adrenal gland, the thoracoabdominal approach may be the best approach. This technique uses an incision that runs through both the abdomen and the chest. This approach may cause more post-operative pain and pulmonary (lung) complications and is typically only used for very large, advanced cancers.

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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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