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Types of Adrenal Tumors

The treatment your doctor recommends will depend on what type of adrenal tumor you have. The following are the most common types of adrenal tumors.

  • Incidentalomas

    Incidental adenomas of the adrenal gland — also called incidentalomas — are tumors that are found unexpectedly during an imaging test for an unrelated health problem.

  • Aldosteronomas

    Aldosteronomas are a type of benign adrenal tumor that produces excess aldosterone. They are a common cause of Conn syndrome, also called hyperaldosteronism.

  • Adrenal Cortex Tumors

    These tumors produce too much cortisol, a hormone that affects metabolism and helps the body recover from physical stress. Tumors of the adrenal cortex can cause a condition called Cushing’s syndrome.

  • Pheochromocytomas & Paragangliomas

    Pheochromocytomas are adrenal tumors that produce excess catecholamines (epinephrine and norepinephrine).

  • Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma

    Malignant (cancerous) tumors that arise in the adrenal cortex of the adrenal gland are called adrenal cortical carcinoma.