Extrinsic hormonal influences and intrinsic pathologic processes have profound and predictable effects on the size, color, and shape of the adrenal gland. For example, the pathogenesis of hypercortisolism is frequently suggested by the size and color of the adrenal cortex, and the distinction between benign and potentially malignant cortical neoplasms is often based on the dimensions and weight of the tumor. Therefore, careful examination of the gross specimen plays an important role in recognizing and interpreting pathologic processes involving the adrenal gland.
KeywordsAdrenal Gland Adrenal Tumor Zona Glomerulosa Zona Fasciculata Tumor Capsule
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