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Adrenal Gland Conditions

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Adrenal glands produce hormones that perform a variety of functions. They help you regulate blood pressure and react to physical and emotional stressors. Examples of adrenal hormones include adrenaline, norepinephrine, cortisol, and aldosterone.

Your adrenal hormones control your body’s reaction to changes in your environment — everything from how your body responds to allergies and infections to lack of sleep or stress at work. When your body doesn’t produce enough or produces too much of a hormone, it can lead to conditions such as:

  • Addison's disease: underproduction of cortisol and aldosterone
  • Adrenal cancer: an aggressive cancer that often spreads to other organs
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: a genetic disorder that causes underproduction of cortisol
  • Conn’s syndrome: overproduction of aldosterone
  • Cushing's syndrome: overproduction of cortisol

University of Miami Health System offers expert care for adrenal gland disorders, which are often difficult to diagnose. Our team of endocrinology specialists develops a personalized treatment plan using the latest treatments. You will work with a highly trained team that’s dedicated to helping you feel better.

Why Choose UHealth?

Customized treatment plans for adrenal gland problems. Hormone imbalances can cause heart problems, high blood pressure , and metabolic concerns, so we take a comprehensive treatment approach. We design a personalized treatment plan to lower your risk factors, minimize symptoms, and help you feel better.

A comprehensive, team approach. Our endocrinologists work closely with surgeons, neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, oncologists, nuclear medicine specialists, radiologists, dietitians, and other specialists to provide complete care. We address all aspects of your condition to improve your health and well-being.

The latest, research-backed treatments. As an academic medical center, we leverage the latest research completed by the nationally recognized University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to offer the latest treatments — including promising new treatments through clinical trials. You benefit from medical advancements before they’re widely available, provided by leading endocrinology experts who are known worldwide for their expertise. Our researchers are discovering better ways to diagnose and treat adrenal and pituitary disorders.

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Treatments

  • Medicines

    Medicines stop the adrenal gland from overproducing hormones and control symptoms, such as high blood pressure or fatigue.

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

    If your body doesn't make enough of one or more adrenal hormones, hormone replacement therapy can restore a healthy hormonal imbalance, such as glucocorticoids to replace cortisol or mineralocorticoids to replace aldosterone. HRT can be given as a pill or by injection.

  • Surgery

    When surgery is necessary, our endocrinology surgeons use the least invasive surgical approaches to minimize pain and scarring and offer a faster recovery. Surgery may be necessary to remove one or both adrenal glands, tumors (cancerous and noncancerous), or cysts.


Tests

  • Blood and Urine Tests

    Blood and urine tests measure hormone levels of cortisol, aldosterone, adrenaline, and other hormones produced by the adrenal gland.

  • ACTH Stimulation Test

    Also called a cortisol stimulation test, this blood test evaluates how your adrenal gland responds to the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which stimulates cortisol production. You receive synthetic ACTH intravenously (through an IV), and your doctor compares hormone levels before and after the test. This test is used to diagnose Addison's disease.

  • Imaging Exams

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) provide highly detailed images of your adrenal glands, which can find abnormalities such as growths or tumors.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care