Nonfunctional Adrenal Masses
Glands make and release hormones.
Hormones are chemicals that stimulate other cells or tissues into action. Because hormones are in your blood, they travel throughout your body. They can affect many organs at the same time.
You have two adrenal glands, one above each kidney. The adrenal glands release several different hormones that help control your blood pressure, heart rate, balance of water and salt, response to stress, and some male-type sex features.
Treatment depends on the size of the mass.
For a large mass, doctors will:
For a small mass, doctors will:
For a mass of in-between size, doctors will check to see if the mass is growing by doing:
Doctors will remove small or in-between size masses if they keep growing or start to release adrenal hormones.