Adrenal Incidentaloma Treatment
Adrenal tumors that are discovered “incidentally” are called adrenal incidentaloma. These tumors are not producing symptoms that are related to adrenal disease but are found on accident when exploring for other medical issues. There are different categories of adrenal incidentalomas and different treatment options. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a board certified gastrointestinal and general surgeon who offers adrenal incidentaloma treatment through his practice in Los Angeles.
Types of Adrenal Incidentaloma Tumors
When an adrenal incidentaloma is discovered, the treatment will depend on the type of tumor. The types of adrenal incidentaloma tumors include:
- Malignant – These are cancerous tumors that may have spread from other areas of the body or started in the adrenal glands.
- Functional – Functional or functioning tumors in the adrenal glands can increase hormone production, including cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
- Benign and non-functional – These tumors are benign and do not impact hormone production, which include adrenal cysts, adenomas and hematomas.
The first step to determine the treatment plan for an adrenal incidentaloma is diagnosis of the tumor. Determining the type will reveal what treatment options are available. If the tumor is functional or malignant, it will likely need to be removed. Small, non-functional tumors may be observed to watch for growth or other symptoms.
When adrenal incidentaloma treatment requires adrenal tumor removal, you want a surgeon that is highly qualified for these complex procedures. Danny Shouhed, M.D. has extensive training and experience in treating all types of adrenal gland disorders, including performing adrenal gland or tumor removal. Dr. Shouhed specializes in performing minimally-invasive and robotic abdominal surgeries with high success rates for his patients. If you have been diagnosed with an adrenal incidentaloma and are considering tumor removal, contact our office in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shouhed.