The adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, are a pair of organs which consist of two parts, both of which secrete hormones:

  • Cortex (outer region): Produces aldosterone (regulates blood pressure) and cortisol (regulates metabolism and the body’s response to stress).
  • Medulla (inner region): Produces stress hormones, including epinephrine and norepinephrine, which can increase blood flow, heart rate and glucose levels.

Conditions affecting the adrenal glands may result from increased or decreased level of the hormones needed for particular body functions. Some of the common conditions of the adrenal gland are: 

Diagnosis and Treatment of Adrenal Gland Conditions

NorthShore’s team of board-certified endocrinologists takes a personalized approach to treatment of adrenal conditions. Our comprehensive care includes testing and imaging, which your team will use to determine your care plan. If surgery is required, our endocrinologists work alongside our team of highly qualified endocrine surgeons and urologists to provide you with well-coordinated treatment.

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