Adrenal Gland Anatatomy on Adrenal.com The adrenal glands are located on the top of the kidney on both sides of the body. Adrenal glands are orange-colored glands which are located on the top of both kidneys. Adrenal glands are about the size of a small lemon and are triangular shaped, sitting on top of the kidney like a hat. Everyone has two adrenal glands that make several important hormones that are required for healthly life. Although some adrenal conditions are treated with hormones, most adrenal diseases are treated with surgery to remove an adrenal tumor that is causing a very specific hormone problem. Return to this Home Page or use the navigation system or search box to find topics.

Section 1: Introduction to Adrenal Glands

What are Adrenal Glands? The basics about adrenal glands and get an overview of the medical conditions they cause.

Adrenal gland has a medulla in the center and a cortex outside.

Normal Adrenal Gland Function. Adrenal glands make several different hormones that help maintain blood pressure and the salt ballance in your blood.

Adrenal Gland Anatomy. Learn how adrenal gland anatomy makes adrenal surgery an operation for experts.

Common Adrenal Problems A quick look of the most common adrenal problems and how they are treated.

State of the Art Treatments An overview of the best options for adrenal tumors and why you should seek the most experienced surgeon for best outcomes.

About the Carling Adrenal Center. The Carling Adrenal Center is the world's busiest adrenal surgery center operating on patients from all 50 states and all over the world.

Become our Patient. The Carling Adrenal Center is the world's highest volume adrenal treatment center. You can have Dr Carling peform your adrenal operation.


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Section 2: Adrenal Gland Tumors

Adrenal Gland Tumor Adrenal tumors can cause many different symptoms. Overview of Adrenal Gland Tumors. A beginner's look at adrenal tumors.

Symptoms of Adrenal Gland Tumors. Specific symptoms caused by the different adrenal conditions and adrenal tumors.

High Blood Pressure and Adrenal Tumors. Learn how most adrenal gland tumors cause high blood pressure.

Lab and Blood Testing of Adrenal Tumors. We test the function of the adrenal glands and adrenal tumors by measuring different adrenal hormones.

Scans Used for Adrenal Tumors. The different type of x-rays, CAT scans, and others used to evaluate adrenal glands and adrenal tumors.

Adrenal Incidentalomas. Adrenal tumors that were found by "surprise" when an x-ray of the abdomen or back was performed for some other reason.

Risks of Cancer in Adrenal Tumors. Most adrenal tumors are benign, but some are malignant.


Section 3: Surgery for Adrenal Gland Tumors

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Minimally Invasive Back Scope Adrenal Surgery. Also called the Mini-Posterior Retroperitoneal Scope Surgery , this minimally invasive operation is the best adrenal operation and should be used for 95% of adrenal tumors.

Advantages of "Minimally Invasive Back Scope Adrenal Surgery". A close look at the many benefits of Advanced Adrenal Scope Surgery. It is dramatically better and faster than Robotic Adrenal Surgery (we won't even do a robot adrenal operation).

The 8 Types of Adrenal Surgery. Learn about the 8 different ways that a surgeon can remove an adrenal tumor--some are way out of date! See why Dr Carling prefers the mini-back scope adrenal surgery in virtually every case.

Partial Adrenalectomy: The Partial Cortical-Sparing Adrenal Operation. Occasionally we need to save some of the adrenal gland and only remove the adrenal tumor--not the entire gland.

Old-Fashioned Open Trans-Abdominal Adrenal Surgery. Operating through the abdomen to remove adrenal tumors should rarely be done any more. Only rare patients should have this big operation.

The basics of adrenal surgery. An overview of the tricky nature of adrenal surgery.

Become our Patient. Instructions on how to become our patient at the Carling Adrenal Center and have America's most experienced and bussiest adrenal surgeon perform your operation. Your health and safety are worth your trip to Tampa.


Section 5: Aldosterone Secreting Tumors: Conn's Syndrome

Introduction to Conn's Syndrome. Also called "Hyperaldosteronism" because of the excess aldosterone adrenal hormone this tumor produces.

Symptoms of Conn's Syndrome". The aldosterone secreting adrenal tuomr causes classic Conn's symptoms in most people.

Diagnosis and Testing for Conn's Syndrome. A number of blood tests and a simple CT scan can diagnose most patients with Conn's Syndrome. Some can be difficult to diagnose.

Complications of Conn's Syndrome. If the adrenal tumor is not removed, Conn's syndrome can cause life threatening problems. Fortunately, a Mini-Back-Scope operation can cure most in about 30 minutes.

Scans and X-Rays to Find the Conn's Syndrome Tumor. Most aldosterone-producing adrenal tumors can be found with the correctly done CT Scan.

Surgery for Conn's Syndrome Tumors. Almost all Conn's Syndrome tumors can be removed quickly with a minimally ivasive "Mini-Back-Scope-Adrenalectomy.


Section 5: Pheochromocytomas. Adrenaline Secreting Tumors of the Adrenal Medula

Introduction to Pheochromocytomas. Pheo's are tumors that grow from the central part of the adrenal gland.

Symptoms of Pheochromocytomas. Pheo's typically cause symptoms intermittantly, but the symptoms and high blood pressure can be extreme.

Diagnosis and Testing for Pheochromocytomas. Specific blood tests and a simple CT scan can diagnose most pheochromocytomas.

Scans and X-Rays to Find the Pheochromocytoma. Most pheos within the adrenal or outside the adrenal can be found with the correctly done CT Scan.

Pheochromocytomas in Children and Teenagers. Although uncommon, pheochromocytomas do occur in children, providing special challenges.


Become Our Patient. People from around the world have surgery with Dr Carling multiple times per week.


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