Hyperadrenalism is the name for when an individual has too high levels of adrenal hormones in the blood. The adrenal gland is part of the endocrine system and is responsible for producing hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, androgenic steroids, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Elevated levels of adrenal hormones can be caused by multiple disorders, such as Cushing's Disease, MEN, and different cancers.
The hormones of the adrenal gland can cause changes in blood pressure, body temperature, an increase in body fat around the face or back of the neck, weight gain in the abdominal region, weakness and fatigue, and new hair growth on face, neck, chest, and abdomen.
Because the conditions for hyperadrenalism are broad, there are a large number of potential causes. Some of the more common causes of the condition are a pituitary tumor leading to excess cortisol (pituitary adenoma), a tumor that develops in a non-endocrine organ and produces excess adrenal hormone, and familial Cushing syndrome. Additionally, the use of certain medications may result in hyperadrenalism over time.
Diagnosis for hyperadrenalism conditions may include urine and blood tests to check hormone levels, surpression tests, and imaging studies to detect any tumors or abnormalities in the glands. Treatment varies based on the specific symptoms present and the cause of the condition. Treatments may include reducing corticosteroid use, medications to control hormone production, and potentially surgery to remove any tumors if present.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with this condition, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.
Description Last Updated: Sep 03, 2018