Focal adrenalitis

Its frequency and correlation with similar lesions in the thyroid and kidney


A retrospective survey of focal adrenalitis, in autopsy material, was performed. A total percentage of 48% of cases showed signs of focal adrenalitis, 12.5% of them of 2 + degree. This maximal degree of adrenalitis was found more frequently in older persons, of both sexes. Half of the patients, with this maximal degree of adrenalitis, had abdominal pathology, mainly inflammatory processes. In comparison with similar inflammatory foci in the kidney a good correlation was found between the degree of focal adrenalitis and that of focal interstitial nephritis. An infectious pathway, propagated from the neighboring organs, can be taken in consideration, as the etiology of focal adrenalitis, despite the good parallelism found in the frequency and degree of focal adrenalitis and similar lesions in the thyroid too, believed to be of an immunologic character.

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Griffel, B. Focal adrenalitis. Virchows Arch. A Path. Anat. and Histol. 364, 191–198 (1974).

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