The two triangular-shaped adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys. They work interactively with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The hormones they produce directly affect the body's metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and cardiac output.
The adrenal glands' excessive production of certain hormones (corticosteroids) can cause disorders such as Cushing's syndrome. Lack of stress hormones (cortisol) can lead to death.
The endocrinologists at UMMC are experienced in diagnosing and helping treat adrenal gland tumors, including pheochromocytoma and adrenal cancers.