TUMORS are removed when they exceed 4cm in size or have changed in size over time as seen on serial xrays. The adrenals are small glands that live in the back above the kidneys. They secrete several helpful hormones that the body uses for control of blood pressure and potassium.
HYPERFUNCTIONAL adrenal glands can cause significant symptoms depending on what they are over producing. The three most common are called pheochromocytoma (adrenaline producing tumor), Conn’s syndrome (aldosterone producing tumor), and Cushing’s syndrome (cortisol producing tumor). When an adrenal gland is over producing the treatment is to remove it surgically.