The endocrine system is made up of a series of glands that produce hormones used to control organ functions throughout the body. When the adrenal glands are overactive, they overproduce hormones (such as aldosterone), causing a condition called Conn’s syndrome, which causes high blood pressure (hypertension) and low potassium levels (hypokalemia), and is difficult to treat with standard medication.
Endocrine Disorders Symptoms and Diagnosis
Endocrine disorders have a range of symptoms depending on the hormone that’s affected. Some common ones are:
- High blood pressure
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
These disorders can be diagnosed during an exam with your primary care or referring physician. Testing includes:
Treatment Options for Endocrine Disorders
Depending on the cause of your endocrine disorder, you may be prescribed medication to block hormones within the adrenal gland, as well as medication to manage your blood pressure. The adrenal gland may be removed to permanently reduce symptoms, and your primary care or referring physician will provide plans to change your diet to balance your sodium levels, as well as exercise to keep blood pressure down.
Our interventional radiology team uses advanced techniques to diagnose endocrine disorders including:
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