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​How do health care providers diagnose adrenal gland disorders?

Methods for diagnosing adrenal gland disorders differ depending on the specific disorder. For example, the severe form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is most commonly identified during newborn screening.1 But pheochromocytoma is diagnosed using blood and urine tests.2

  • Adrenal Gland Tumors

  • 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. Endocrine Society. (2010). Congenital adrenal hyperplasia fact sheet. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://www.hormone.org/questions-and-answers/2010/congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia External Web Site Policy [top]
  2. National Adrenal Diseases Foundation. (n.d.). Pheochromocytoma: The facts you need to know. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://www.nadf.us/adrenal-diseases/pheochromocytoma/ External Web Site Policy [top]
  3. American Society of Clinical Oncology. (March, 2016). Adrenal gland tumor. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/adrenal-gland-tumor/diagnosis External Web Site Policy [top]
  4. Cushing's Support and Research Foundation. (2003). Diagnostic testing for Cushing's syndrome. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://csrf.net/understanding-cushings/diagnostic-testing/ External Web Site Policy [top]
  5. Orphanet. (2012). Congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?Lng=GB&Expert=418 External Web Site Policy [top]
  6. New York Times Health Guide. (2012). Pituitary tumor. Retrieved June 1, 2012, from http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/pituitary-tumor/overview.html External Web Site Policy [top]
  7. Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Surgery. (2011). Paraganglioma. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://www.columbiasurgery.org/adrenal/paraganglioma.html External Web Site Policy [top]
  8. Society for Endocrinology. (2015). Addison's disease. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://www.yourhormones.info/endocrine_conditions/addisons_disease.aspx External Web Site Policy [top]
  9. National Library of Medicine. (2015). Hyperaldosteronism - primary and secondary. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000330.htm [top]

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