Adrenal gland disorders are conditions that interfere with the normal functioning of the adrenal glands. These glands are small, triangular-shaped glands responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and other essential bodily functions. Disorders can result from the overproduction or underproduction of these hormones.
Several factors can cause adrenal gland disorders. These can include genetic mutations, infections, tumors, or certain medications. In addition, long-term use of corticosteroids can impact the adrenal glands' ability to produce hormones.
Symptoms of adrenal gland disorders can vary greatly depending on the specific disorder and can often be vague and shared with other conditions. Common symptoms can include fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Diagnosis typically involves blood and urine tests to measure hormone levels, and in some cases, imaging tests like an MRI or CT scan may be used.
Treatment for adrenal gland disorders generally focuses on addressing the underlying cause and managing symptoms. For some, this may involve medication to replace or inhibit the production of hormones. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove tumors or the affected part of the gland.
At Lifebridge Health Centre, our team of expert endocrinologists specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of adrenal gland disorders. We are dedicated to providing personalized care plans that meet the unique needs of each patient, offering the latest treatment options and a holistic approach to manage these conditions effectively.