Medicine:Adrenalectomy

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Short description: Surgical removal of adrenal glands
Adrenalectomy
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Adrenalectomy
ICD-10-PCS0GB2-0GB4 for excision,
0GT2-0GT4 for resection
ICD-9-CM07.2-07.3
MeSHD000315
MedlinePlus007437

Adrenalectomy (sometimes written as ADX for the procedure or resulting state)[1] is the surgical removal of one or both (bilateral adrenalectomy) adrenal glands. It is usually advised for patients with tumors of the adrenal glands. The procedure can be performed using an open incision (laparotomy) or laparoscopic technique.

Postoperative

If both adrenal glands are removed, then the subject requires a lifetime of steroid supplementation of cortisone and hydrocortisone. The dose needs to be increased when in stress.[2]

Complications

Complications from an adrenalectomy can include insufficient cortisol production, post-operative bleeding, damage to nearby organs, and post-operative infection.

See also

References

  1. M.E. Gemmill (February 2003). "Leptin suppresses food intake and body weight in corticosterone-replaced adrenalectomized rats.". Journal of Nutrition 133 (2): 504–9. doi:10.1093/jn/133.2.504. PMID 12566491. "Some of these effects are reportedly enhanced in bilaterally adrenalectomized (ADX) rats.". 
  2. surgerydoor.co.uk: Adrenalectomy

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