Vol 71, No 5 (2020)
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Adrenal-sparing surgery for a hormonally active tumour — a single-centre experience

Sadegh Toutounchi1, Ryszard Pogorzelski1, Tomasz Wołoszko1, Ewa Krajewska1, Krzysztof Celejewski1, Małgorzata Legocka1, Wawrzyniec Jakuczun1, Zbigniew Gałązka1
Pubmed: 33140380
Endokrynol Pol 2020;71(5):388-391.


Introduction: Surgeries that spare the adrenal cortex during adrenalectomy have profound justification. Indications for this type of surgery are fairly strict, and more than 30 years of observations continuously verify the results of the procedure.

Material and methods: Of a total of 650 adrenalectomies, 22 (3.4%) were adrenal cortex-sparing surgeries. There were 16 women and six men in this group. In 10 cases, surgery was performed for pheochromocytoma, eight cases involved Conn’s syndrome, and in four cases — paragangliomas located in the para-adrenal region. Secretory activity was identified in all cases.

Results: Laparoscopic partial adrenalectomy was performed in 20 patients. Conversion to open laparotomy was necessary in two cases. In patients after bilateral resection of pheochromocytoma surgery, glucocorticoids were supplemented for six weeks. No significant surgical complications were observed in this group.

Conclusions: Partial adrenalectomy for minor lesions should be a much more commonly utilised treatment method (of choice). Where bilateral adrenalectomy is necessary, a sparing procedure on one side protects patients from the need for hormonal substitution. The remaining part of the adrenal gland undertakes satisfactory secretory function after six weeks at the latest. 

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