Adrenal gland tumour

Adrenal gland tumour

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Caption: Adrenal gland tumour, gross specimen. This is an adenoma of the cortex (outer lining) of the adrenal gland. Although benign (non-cancerous), the growth can cause problems as it may lead to over- or under-production of the hormone cortisol (hydrocortisone), which the gland produces and secretes. Cortisol is responsible for regulating stress and energy levels. The immune and inflammatory response is also mediated to a large extent by its release. Over-production of cortisol leads to Cushing's Syndrome, which causes weight gain, muscle weakness, high blood pressure and psychological disturbances. In such cases, the gland is usually removed.

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Keywords: adenoma, adrenal gland, benign, condition, cortex, cortical, cushing's syndrome, disease, disorder, gross specimen, healthcare, medical, medicine, non-cancerous, sectioned, tumour

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