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​​​​​​​​What are the treatments for adrenal gland disorders?

Health care providers use a variety of surgical and medical treatments for adrenal gland disorders. These include1:

  • Surgery to remove tumors in the adrenal gland or, when appropriate, surgery to remove the one or both of the adrenal glands
  • Minimally invasive surgery performed through the nostrils to remove tumors in the pituitary gland
  • Medication to stop the excess production of hormones
  • Hormone replacement​
  • Cushing's Syndrome

  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)

  • Pituitary Tumors

  • Pheochromocytoma/Paraganglioma

  • Addison's Disease

  • Hyperaldosteronism

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Citations

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  1. Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin. (2009). Programs and disease treatment: Adrenal gland disorders. Retrieved May 26, 2016, from http://www.froedtert.com/SpecialtyAreas/Endocrinology/ProgramsandDiseaseTreatment/AdrenalGlandDisorders.htm External Web Site Policy [top]
  2. National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (2012). Cushing's syndrome. Retrieved May 26, 2016, from http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/endocrine/cushings-syndrome/Pages/fact-sheet.aspx#treatment [top]
  3. The Endocrine Society. (2010). Congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to steroid 12-hydroxylase deficiency: An Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from https://www.endocrine.org/~/media/endosociety/Files/Publications/Clinical%20Practice%20Guidelines/FINAL-Standalone-CAH-Guideline.pdf External Web Site Policy (PDF - 5.65 MB) [top]
  4. National Library of Medicine. (November 2013). Pituitary tumor. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000704.htm [top]
  5. National Cancer Institute. (2015). Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma treatment (PDQ®)–health professional version. Retrieved May 26, 2016, from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/pheochromocytoma/HealthProfessional/page1/AllPages#3 [top]
  6. National Adrenal Diseases Foundation. (n.d.). Adrenal diseases-Addison's disease: The facts you need to know. Retrieved May 26, 2016, from http://www.nadf.us/adrenal-diseases/addisons-disease/#treatment External Web Site Policy [top]
  7. Society for Endocrinology. (2013). Hyperaldosteronism. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://www.yourhormones.info/endocrine_conditions/hyperaldosteronism.aspx External Web Site Policy [top]

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