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Adrenal Disease Symptoms

Adrenal diseases may or may not cause symptoms, which depend on the type of hormone made by the tumor. If you have an adrenal disease, your symptoms may include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Women: Excess facial and body hair, deep voice or problems with menstruation
  • Men: breast tenderness or enlargement, lowered sex drive and/or erectile dysfunction
  • Excess fat in the upper back between the shoulders or in the neck
  • Round, full face shape, also called “moon” face
  • Thin skin that bruises easily and heals slowly
  • Purple-red stretch marks on the belly, thighs or breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness or spasms
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Diabetes
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders
  • Low potassium levels
  • Headache
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats
  • Feelings of anxiety, panic, fear
  • Pallor (paleness)
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness with standing
  • Tremor
  • Sweating
  • Temporary/intermittent paralysis (rare)

These symptoms do not always mean you have an adrenal disease. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.

If you have been diagnosed with an adrenal disease, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Advanced treatment of cancer and non-cancer adrenal diseases
  • High level of experience with complex adrenal diseases
  • Team approach includes highly trained, specialized endocrinologists, surgeons and experts
  • Leading-edge adrenal disease treatments include laparoscopic surgery, targeted therapies, nuclear medicine agents
  • Clinical trials of new treatments for some adrenal diseases

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