COVID-19 UPDATE: All elective surgeries and procedures have been postponed. See our visitor policy. If you think you have symptoms, call your doctor for a video visit before going to one of our locations. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Information Center or call our Hotline: 1-844-444-CV19 (1-844-444-2819).

AVISO SOBRE COVID-19: Todas las cirugías y procedimientos electivos han sido retrasados. Vea nuestra normas para visitas. Si cree que tiene síntomas, llame a su médico para una visita por vídeo antes de acudir en persona a uno de nuestros centros. Si desea más información, por favor visite nuestro Centro de Información del COVID-19 o llame a nuestra Línea Directa: 1-844-444-CV19 (1-844-444-2819).

Cortisol Producing Adenoma
Home >  Cancer (Oncology) >  Diseases and Conditions >  Endocrine/Neuroendocrine Tumors >  Adrenal Tumors >  Cortisol Producing Adenoma

Diseases and Conditions

Cortisol Producing Adenoma

Adrenal tumors that produce the steroid hormone cortisol can lead to a disease called Cushing's syndrome. Excess steroid hormone can also be caused by pituitary tumors, lung tumors, prescription drugs and adrenal tumors. Symptoms of steroid excess include obesity, high blood pressure, menstrual irregularities, edema, thin skin, easy bruising, muscle weakness and high blood sugar.

Our experienced specialists use blood and urine tests to diagnose of Cushing's syndrome and to determine the source of steroid production. Imaging studies, such as computed tomography (CAT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are used to locate the suspected adrenal tumor. If an adrenal tumor is found and tests confirm it as the source of steroid hormone production, our physicians will recommend the surgical removal of the tumor.

Treatment for Cortisol-Producing Adenoma

Most cortisol-producing adrenal tumors are benign and can be removed using a minimally invasive surgical technique. Cure rates are excellent, and many patients have a good chance of having steroid levels return to normal following surgery. Some patients may need to take steroid medication for a period of time following surgery as the remaining adrenal gland regains strength and begins to function normally again.