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Vol 68, No 4 (2017)
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Published online: 2017-06-07
Submitted: 2016-06-03
Accepted: 2016-10-31
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Adrenal tumour bigger than 5 cm — what could it be? An analysis of 139 cases

Andrzej Cichocki, Radosław Samsel, Lucyna Papierska, Katarzyna Roszkowska-Purska, Karolina Nowak, Zbigniew Jodkiewicz, Anna Kasperlik-Załuska
DOI: 10.5603/EP.a2017.0039
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Endokrynologia Polska 2017;68(4):411-415.

open access

Vol 68, No 4 (2017)
Original papers
Published online: 2017-06-07
Submitted: 2016-06-03
Accepted: 2016-10-31

Abstract

Introduction: There is an increasing number of adrenal being tumours discovered incidentally during imaging examinations performed for many different indications. Radiological findings suggesting adrenal pathology may be caused by true adrenal tumours or by other retroperitoneal masses. Generally, the larger the tumour, the higher the possibility of adrenal cancer.

Material and methods: Analysis of our data — 139 operations performed over 11 years (2004–2014) in patients with tumours in the adrenal area larger than 5 cm.

Results: The most common finding was adrenal cancer (25.2%), benign adenoma (24.5%), pheochromocytoma (12.9%), and metastatic cancer (10.1%). In total, there were 19 various histopathological diagnoses in this group.

Conclusion: Although adrenal cancer is the most likely diagnosis in large adrenal tumours, a broad spectrum of various adrenal and retroperitoneal tumours with size more than 5 cm can be found in such patients.

Abstract

Introduction: There is an increasing number of adrenal being tumours discovered incidentally during imaging examinations performed for many different indications. Radiological findings suggesting adrenal pathology may be caused by true adrenal tumours or by other retroperitoneal masses. Generally, the larger the tumour, the higher the possibility of adrenal cancer.

Material and methods: Analysis of our data — 139 operations performed over 11 years (2004–2014) in patients with tumours in the adrenal area larger than 5 cm.

Results: The most common finding was adrenal cancer (25.2%), benign adenoma (24.5%), pheochromocytoma (12.9%), and metastatic cancer (10.1%). In total, there were 19 various histopathological diagnoses in this group.

Conclusion: Although adrenal cancer is the most likely diagnosis in large adrenal tumours, a broad spectrum of various adrenal and retroperitoneal tumours with size more than 5 cm can be found in such patients.

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Keywords

adrenal tumor, big adrenal mass, adrenal surgery

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Title

Adrenal tumour bigger than 5 cm — what could it be? An analysis of 139 cases

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 68, No 4 (2017)

Pages

411-415

Published online

2017-06-07

DOI

10.5603/EP.a2017.0039

Bibliographic record

Endokrynologia Polska 2017;68(4):411-415.

Keywords

adrenal tumor
big adrenal mass
adrenal surgery

Authors

Andrzej Cichocki
Radosław Samsel
Lucyna Papierska
Katarzyna Roszkowska-Purska
Karolina Nowak
Zbigniew Jodkiewicz
Anna Kasperlik-Załuska

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