Neoplasms of the Adrenal and Endocrine Pancreas in the Elderly

  • Christopher P. Coppola
  • Ronald C. Merrell

Abstract

With the variety of functions served by the adrenal glands and their deep location inaccessible to direct physical examination, it is no surprise that the management of adrenal neoplasm is a fascinating and challenging venture. An age-dependent increase in both malignant adrenal disease and concomitant medical disease, further complicates treatment decisions in elderly patients. Because nearly every type of adrenal tumor occurs more frequently in women, women over the age of 64 represent a disproportionate share of patients with adrenal tumors. Some patients seek medical attention secondary to symptoms caused by abnormal adrenal secretion. Adrenocortical tissue can produce excess mineralocor-ticoids, glucocorticoids, or sex steroids; and medullary tissue can overproduce catecholamines.

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Diarrhea Angiotensin Norepinephrine Glucocorticoid Catecholamine 

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