Adrenal Lesions

  • Are common and are usually found ‘by accident’ on scans done for other reasons
  • Majority are benign (non-cancerous). These are often determined to be adrenal adenomas. Adrenal cancer is uncommon.
Adrenal Lesions
How Will My Urologist Investigate This Finding?

There are two main questions that we need to answer with regards to an adrenal lesion:

  1. Is the lesion secreting hormones?
  2. Could this lesion represent a cancer?

The answer to the first question is determined from blood and urine tests that your Urologist will ask you to complete.

The answer to the second question may at times be a little more complex but will usually be determined by:

  • CT scan characteristics of the adrenal lesion
  • Size of the lesion (and sometimes change in the size of the lesion over time)
  • Occasionally an MRI scan is required
Does it Need to be Removed?

There are three main reasons why we would usually recommend the surgical removal of an adrenal lesion:

  1. If it is secreting hormones
  2. If it is greater than 4-6cm in size (or increasing in size with time)
  3. If the CT scan characteristics of the lesion are suspicion for a cancer

Your Urologist will discuss all of these factors with you at the time of your consultation.

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