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“Silent” adrenal tumours should be monitored for changes, say researchers

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 30 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1205
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

“Silent” adrenal tumours can change over time to become more active, increasing the amount of cortisol that they secrete and elevating cardiovascular risk in patients, a study has found.

The increasing use of computed tomography (CT) in medicine has led to a rise in the detection of masses on the adrenal gland that do not cause symptoms—known as “silent” tumours or adrenal incidentalomas. About 4% of CT scans now uncover such tumours in patients, and as many as a third of these …

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