Adrenal Disorders

The adrenal glands are small glands positioned on top of each kidney. They produce very critical hormonelike cortisols and sex hormone. Cortisol allows you to respond to pressure and has many other essential functions. With adrenal gland problems, your glands make too much or not enough hormones. In Cushing's syndrome, there's an excessive amount of cortisol, while with Addison's disease, there is too little. Some people not able to make enough cortisol from their birth.

Causes of adrenal gland disorders include:

  1. Genetic mutations
  2. Tumors such as pheochromocytomas
  3. Infections
  4. A hassle in another gland, such as the pituitary, which enables to regulate the adrenal gland
  5. Certain medicines