Reasons for Adrenalectomy

These are the most common reasons that a person might need to have an adrenal gland removed:

  • Hyperfunctional tumors: tumors in the adrenal gland that inappropriately overproduce hormones
  • Incidentalomas: tumors in the adrenal gland that are incidentally found by an imaging study performed for some other reason. (Not all incidentally found adrenal tumors need to be removed.)
  • Adrenocortical carcinoma: a rare malignancy of the adrenal glands
  • Metastases: cancer that originated in another part of the body and spreads to the adrenal glands

This information is provided by the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.