Many people are confused about the biological role of the adrenal glands. What do you know about your adrenal glands?
Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
- Where are your adrenal glands located?
A – In your brain
B – On your kidneys
C – On your spinal cord
D – In your neck
Answer: B. You have two adrenal glands, and they are located on top of both of your kidneys.
- Your adrenal glands produce hormones that help regulate:
A – Metabolism
B – Fight or flight response
C – Sexual maturation
D – All of the above
Answer: D. Your adrenal glands help regulate all of these as well as your immune system and other essential functions.
- Adrenal gland disorders include:
A – Alzheimer’s disease
B – Arthritis
C – Cushing’s syndrome
D – None of the above
Answer: C. Problems with the adrenal glands occur when they produce too much or too little hormones. In addition to Cushing’s syndrome, other adrenal gland disorders include Addison’s disease, hyperaldosteronism and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.
- Surgery is the only treatment for adrenal gland disorders:
A – True
B – False
Answer: B. Depending on the problem, there are a variety of both medical and surgical treatments for adrenal gland disorders. Medication to reduce or increase production of hormones are options. Surgery to remove the adrenal gland is done primarily for three reasons: 1) cancer, 2) adenoma (increased size of a benign adrenal mass) or 3) a hormonally overactive adrenal adenoma.
- If your adrenal gland needs removal, surgery at Mission Hospital offers these advantages:
A – Shorter operation
B – Shorter hospital stay
C – Faster recovery to normal activity
D – All of the above
Answer: D. When appropriate, the state-of-the-art laparoscopic posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy (PRA) surgery used at Mission Hospital not only reduces operative times, but also gets you back to your life quicker.
This blog was reviewed by Andrew Brice Rhodes, DO, a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon with Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rhodes, contact Regional Surgical Specialists at (828) 252-3366.