Lifebridge Health Centre | Endocrinology

Adrenal Gland Disorders

Adrenal Gland Disorders

Understanding Adrenal Gland Disorders

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.

Causes of Adrenal Gland Disorders

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 and Diagnosis

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 Options

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.

Care at Lifebridge Health Centre

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.

What are some common adrenal gland disorders that are treated at Lifebridge Health Centre?
At Lifebridge Health Centre, we manage a range of adrenal gland disorders. These include conditions like Addison's disease, characterized by the adrenal glands not producing enough hormones, and Cushing's syndrome, where the glands produce excessive cortisol. We also treat adrenocortical carcinoma, a rare type of cancer that affects the adrenal glands.
How are adrenal gland disorders diagnosed and treated at Lifebridge Health Centre?
Lifebridge Health Centre employs a comprehensive approach to diagnose adrenal gland disorders. Our specialists use various diagnostic tests, including blood tests, urine tests and imaging studies like CT scans. Treatment depends on the specific disorder and its severity. It may include hormone replacement therapies, medications to manage symptoms, or, in serious cases, surgery. Our team works closely with patients to devise personalized treatment plans.