Adrenal gland disorders occur when the adrenal glands produce too much or too little hormone. Adrenal gland function also can be affected by hormones produced by other glands in the body, such as the pituitary gland, or by hormones introduced from an outside source. At least nine different types of adrenal gland disorders exist, each with its own symptoms and possible treatments.
About Adrenal Gland Disorders
The adrenal glands, located on the top of each kidney, are responsible for releasing different hormones. Adrenal gland disorders occur when the adrenal glands produce too much or too little of these hormones.
What are some types of adrenal gland disorders?
There are several types of adrenal gland disorders, each with its own symptoms and treatments.
What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorders?
Symptoms of adrenal gland disorders depend on whether the adrenal glands are making too much or too little hormone and on the specific disorder.
What causes adrenal gland disorders?
Adrenal gland disorders are caused by problems with one or both adrenal glands or by problems with other glands, such as the pituitary gland.
How do health care providers diagnose adrenal gland disorders?
Methods for diagnosing adrenal gland disorders differ depending on the specific disorder.
What are the treatments for adrenal gland disorders?
Health care providers use a variety of surgical and medical treatments for adrenal gland disorders. The specific treatments vary by the specific type of disorder.
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