Adrenocortical tumors

  • O. Peter Schumacher
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 20)


Adrenocortical nodules more than a centimeter in diameter are found in approximately 1.5–8.7% of unselected postmortem examinations [1, 2] and are more frequent in older people and those with high blood pressure. Benign nonfunctional adrenocortical tumors [3] are only rarely diagnosed during life but may be diagnosed more with the increasing use of CT scans [4, 5], particularly sector CT scans and abdominal ultrasound studies. Malignant nonfunctional tumors are also very infrequent, comprising only about 0.2% of all reported carcinomas [6].


Plasma Cortisol Primary Aldosteronism Urinary Free Cortisol Adrenocortical Carcinoma Adrenocortical Tumor 
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