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Adrenal Gland Problems

Your body contains two adrenal glands, one located on top of each kidney. Their function is to produce hormones that control your metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, and other important body functions. Problems within the adrenal gland can cause increased levels of male hormones (also known as androgens). Even a slight increase of male hormone can interfere with the ovulation process and thus fertility. Signs of increased male hormone include excessive facial hair, hair on the

Preservation of the Adrenal Gland if Necessary

To preserve the adrenal gland, Gerota's fascia is opened and a well-defined plane between the upper pole of the kidney and the adrenal is dissected using electrosurgical Fig. 12. If necessary, the adrenal gland can be preserved. Gerota's fascia is opened and adrenal is detached from the upper renal pole using electrocautery scisors. Fig. 12. If necessary, the adrenal gland can be preserved. Gerota's fascia is opened and adrenal is detached from the upper renal pole using electrocautery scisors. scissor (Fig. 12). In our series, en bloc adrenalectomy was not performed in 33 cases (30.5 ). These included cases from bilateral radical nephrectomy, previous contralateral adrenalectomy, or elective preservation of the adrenal gland.

Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

The cardiovascular system becomes depressed, leading to depression of the vasomotor center in the brain and to hypotension. Conversely, in some individuals, intoxication causes the release of catecholamines from adrenal glands, which leads to hypertension. Intoxication depresses leukocyte movement into areas of inflammation, depresses platelet function, and leads to fibrinogen and clotting factor deficiency, thrombocytopenia, and decreased platelet function.

The Range of Androgen Insensitivity Syndromes

AIS occurs in a range of forms, from complete to mild. Most mutations to the testosterone-binding region, and some other types of mutations, cause complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS). In this form of the syndrome, the XY person is born phenotypically female, and from birth is raised as a girl. Gender identification (the internal sense of being male or female) is female. Sexual orientation is typically heterosexual, and so most CAIS individuals are attracted to males. At puberty, estrogen production by the adrenal glands causes breasts to develop. However, no pubic or armpit hair develops, since in males and females this is controlled by testosterone, and no menstruation occurs. It is at this point that the condition is usually diagnosed. Once discovered, the testes are usually surgically removed to prevent the possibility of testicular cancer, which is more common in people with CAIS. The woman is infertile, but may be able to enjoy sexual relations if the vagina is long...

Pathogenicity and Clinical Features of Infection

Isolates of SHFV that induce persistent, asymptomatic infections and ones that cause acute, asymptomatic infections of patas monkeys have been reported. All SHFV isolates cause fatal hemorrhagic fever in macaque monkeys. Infected macaques develop fever and mild edema followed by anorexia, dehydration, adipsia, proteinuria, cynosis, skin petechia, bloody diarrhea, nose bleeds, and occasional hemorrhages in the skin. The pathological lesions consist of capillary-venous hemorrhages in the intestine, lung, nasal mucosa, dermis, spleen, perirenal and lumbar sub-peritoneum, adrenal glands, liver, and periocular connective tissues. These signs and symptoms are not unique to SHFV-infected animals, since they are also observed after infection of macaques with other types of hemorrhagic fever viruses such as Ebola virus. Although the SHFV-induced lesions are widespread in infected animals, the level of tissue damage is not severe. Even so, mortality in macaques infected with SHFV approaches 100...

Pathology and Histopathology

During a generalized infection, MCMV infects many organs and tissues including the salivary glands, lungs, pancreas, liver, spleen, adrenal glands, cardiac muscle, striated muscle, and, to a lesser extent, lymphoid tissue and kidney. Thymic involution occurs as a result of infection, but the thymus does not support virus replication. Pathologic changes occur in the central nervous system only after intracerebral inoculation. The acinar cells of the salivary gland are the site for persistent MCMV infection. Whether a clear distinction between low level persistence and true molecular latency has been made in published reports is problematic. Organs suspected of harboring latent, but not lytic (persistent), virus include the spleen, kidneys, heart, liver, brain, salivary glands and lungs. Organ-specific endothelial cells, infiltrating T lymphocytes, macro

Endocrine System And Homeostasis

The adrenal glands are located atop each kidney and also have two main parts. The outer part, or cortex, produces steroid hormones the inner part, called the medulla, produces epinephrine and norepinephrine. Ninety-nine percent of the pancreas serves an exocrine function, producing digestive enzymes. The other 1 performs a critical endocrine function controlling blood glucose.

Transmission and Tissue Tropism

The autonomic nervous system, in peripheral nerves, in the adrenal glands and neural cells of the retina although at considerably lower titers. No infectivity is found in the eyes late during the course of infection, possibly because degeneration of neurons in the retina eliminates cells in which the virus replicates most efficiently. In other nervous system tissues infectivity can be found throughout the life span. In sharp contrast to rats infected as adults, neonatally infected rats harbor virus not only in the CNS but also in peripheral organs, including salivary and lachrymal glands and the urinary bladder. Indeed, virus can be found in saliva, lachrymal fluid, and in urine. A similar pattern of distribution of BDV was found in long-term immunosuppressed adult rats.

Solid Renal and Juxtarenal Lesions

Sympathetic nerve cells and may occur anywhere sympathetic tissue is found. However, over 75 are intraabdominal, with 65 of these arising from the adrenal glands (Chandler and Gauderer 2004). Neuroblas-toma is an unusual tumor characterized by its variability in presentation. Well-advanced lesions may regress spontaneously, whereas others may progress despite aggressive therapy.

Circumferential Extrafascial Mobilization Of The En Bloc Specimen

Dissection is next redirected towards the supralateral aspect of the specimen, including en bloc adrenal gland, which is readily mobilized from the underside of the diaphragm. In the avascular flimsy areolar tissue in this location, inferior phrenic vessels to the adrenal gland are often encountered and controlled. The anterior aspect of the specimen is mobilized from the underside of the peritoneum envelope. During this dissection, use of electrocautery must be avoided in order to avoid transmural thermal damage to the bowel located just beside the thin peritoneal membrane. The ureter, with or without the gonadal vein, is secured, and the specimen is completely freed by mobilization of the lower pole of the kidney. The entire dissection is performed outside Gerota's fascia, mirroring established oncologic principles of open surgery.

Physiological fetal response to adverse intrauterine environment

In cases where a fetus is poorly grown due to an adverse intrauterine environment, it adapts to survive the challenge. The primary purpose of these adaptations is to maintain oxygen supply to the key organs, namely, the brain, heart and adrenals. These reflexes are stimulated by the peripheral arterial chemoreceptors. Unlike the child or adult, chemoreceptor stimulation inhibits breathing movements in the fetus. These adaptive responses underlie many of the biophysical assessments of fetal well-being. The responses and the biophysical measurements are listed in Table 19.2.

Patient Preparation and Positioning

Informed consent must be obtained with discussion of possible complications, including conversion to an open surgical approach owing to failure to progress or vascular injury or bowel injury, postoperative paresthesias (i.e., brachial plexus of downside arm, sciatic stretch injury of upside leg), occult bowel injury, transient shoulder pain associated with the pneumoperitoneum, subcutaneous emphysema, and other potential problems associated with laparoscopy. Also mentioned is the possibility of mortality owing to a gas embolus, although chances of this occurring are in the range of 1 in 10,000. The patient is typed but not cross-matched for blood. Prior to the procedure, a chest radiograph and a computed tomography (CT) scan (with and without contrast) are obtained as part of a metastatic evaluation. The CT scan is scrutinized to rule out the following liver metastases, lymphadenopathy, renal vein or vena caval involvement and to assess the adrenal glands. Preoperative blood work...

Right Radical Nephrectomy

If the adrenal gland needs to be removed with the kidney, the liver must be aggressively mobilized medially. The most superior phrenic attachments and vessels feeding the adrenal gland should now be controlled and ligated with clips or the Harmonic scalpel. The superolateral attachments should be left intact and dissection should continue along the vena cava, releasing medial attachments. The adrenal vein will now be easily identified and should be ligated using large hemoclips and sharply divided. The remaining posterior and lateral attachments can easily be transected using the Harmonic scalpel. If the adrenal gland does not need to be removed, use visual inspection and palpation with the fingertips to locate the groove separating the adrenal gland from the kidney. The attachments are divided using the Harmonic scalpel.

Host Factors Influencing Infection

Include the heart, kidney, liver, adrenal gland, and peripheral nervous system (e.g., trigeminal ganglion). The central nervous system can also become infected when virus is introduced intracranially. Both glial and neuronal cells are observed to undergo a productive infection. These data argue in favor of a promiscuous virus infection, which is supported by observations of the infection of peritoneal exudate cells and epithelial cells in the gut.

Primary Nursing Diagnosis

Depending on the stage, surgical intervention and further staging is the primary treatment for renal cell cancer. A radical nephrectomy (removing the whole kidney, the attached adrenal gland, and fatty tissue that surrounds the kidney), sometimes with lymph node removal, offers the patient the best chance for cure. The procedure is the treatment of choice for localized cancer or in patients with tumor extension into the renal vein and vena cava. Surgical intervention is not curative for disseminated disease. Because of the proximity of the kidney to the diaphragm, the surgeon may explore the pleura on the surgical side. The patient could therefore return from surgery with a chest tube placed to remove blood and air from the pleural space. A partial nephrectomy is reserved for those patients with very small renal cell tumors, those who have cancer in both kidneys, or those who only have one kidney.

Tissue Tropism and Pathogenicity

Most BPV isolations are from samples from calves with diarrhea, but BPV is increasingly associated with respiratory disease and reproductive failure. Viremia can be established (in leukocytes), and, during the symptomatic phase, different targets become infected (intestinal tissue, brain, heart muscle, adrenal gland, thymus and lymph nodes). Fetal infection after viremia is particularly acute in the first trimester (particularly cerebellum). Active immunity develops in the second half of pregnancy, and a fetus infected in the third trimester usually recovers from the infection.

Metastatic Prostate Cancer

CGI hypermethylation patterns in metastases obtained these specimens from autopsy cases of patients who died from refractory prostate cancer or from the small group of patients undergoing surgical resection of bone metastases to alleviate symptoms or monitor for response to novel therapies. Over a 7 year period, we systematically collected metastatic prostate cancer specimens at autopsy from 28 men who died of refractory prostate cancer. One to six anatomically distinct metastases from a wide array of sites, including bone, lymph node, liver, adrenal gland, intracranial subdural, and intraprostatic, were obtained from each patient (59).

Roles Of Progesterone And Estrogens In Sustaining Pregnancy

FIGURE 8 Effects of estrogen on production of placental steroid hormones. By increasing uterine blood flow and inducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and the P450 side-chain cleavage (P450scc) enzyme, estrogens increase placental production of pregnenolone, which is used as substrate for androgen production in the fetal adrenals. Uptake of LDL from the maternal circulation may also transfer cholesterol to the fetal circulation. DHEA-S, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate 16a-DHEA-S, 16a hydroxy-dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate CRH, corticotropin releasing hormone ACTH, adrenocorticotropic hormone hCG, human chorionic gonadotropin. FIGURE 8 Effects of estrogen on production of placental steroid hormones. By increasing uterine blood flow and inducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and the P450 side-chain cleavage (P450scc) enzyme, estrogens increase placental production of pregnenolone, which is used as substrate for androgen production in the fetal adrenals. Uptake of LDL from the maternal...

Characteristics of Diuretic Induced Hypokalemia

The decline in the serum potassium concentration usually develops within the first 2 weeks of therapy and then stabilizes as a new steady state is achieved. Thereafter, the serum potassium concentration should remain stable. Further declines in the serum potassium concentration are prevented by several factors which serve to decrease renal potassium secretion. Increased reabsorption of sodium in the proximal nephron as a result of the diuretic-induced decreases in extracellular fluid volume serves to dampen sodium and fluid delivery to the distal nephron. In addition, a progressive increase in mineralocorticoid activity is prevented as the development of hypokalemia tends to inhibit release of aldosterone from the adrenal gland. Chronic hypokalemia is also associated with a direct cellular effect leading to decreased distal nephron K excretion. Finally, K reabsorption is stimulated in the collecting duct under conditions of chronic hypokalemia as a result of increased activity of the...

Endosonographic Anatomy Of The Mediastinum

Lymph nodes can be identified in the posterior mediastinum, retroperitoneum, and celiac regions. posterior mediastinal lymph nodes are predominantly left-sided and communicate with the para-aortic lymph nodes of the abdomen hence thorough evaluation of the celiac region is important. Additionally, metastases may be seen in the left adrenal gland and left lobe of the liver. Corresponding to the American Thoracic Society's mediastinal map for lymphadenopathy (Fig. 4), stations visible to EUS include the following subcarinal (station 7) subaortic (station 5) paraesophageal (station 8) inferior pulmonary ligament region (station 9) and main bronchial (station 10). Lymph nodes in the left paratracheal (station 2) and left lower paratracheal (station 4) stations can be imaged and sampled, whereas the right paratracheal stations are inaccessible owing to air interference from the trachea. stations removed from the esophagus, i.e., lobar (station 12), interlobar (station 11), and those...

Clinical Features of Infection and Pathology

There are no pathognomonic, gross lesions of AD. In piglets, there may be necrotizing tonsillitis, rhinotra-cheitis, or proximal esophagitis. Other lesions commonly seen include pulmonary edema, necrotizing enteritis, and multifocal necrosis of the spleen, lung, liver, lymph nodes, and adrenal glands. Histologically, PrV causes a nonsuppurative meningoencephalitis and paravertebral ganglioneuritis. The gray matter is especially affected, and infected neurons or astrocytes may present acido-philic intranuclear inclusions. The presence of viral antigen can be visualized by immunostaining and viral genomes can be detected by in situ hybridization. PrV infected cells usually show more or less extensive degeneration and necrosis due to lytic viral replication. Whether apoptosis induced by PrV infection also plays a role in vivo is unclear. A predominantly T-cell-mediated reaction of the immune system induces ganglioneuritis, polio- or panencephalitis with foci of gliosis contributing to...

Left Radical Nephrectomy

In some cases we choose not to clip and divide the gonadal and adrenal vessels at this point in the case. We do not want to have clips potentially interfere with the subsequent firing of the linear stapling device across the renal vein later in the case. In other cases the anatomy may be favorable for dividing the renal vein proximal to the adrenal vein, obviating the need for division of the adrenal and gonadal veins as long as the surgeon plans on removal of the adrenal gland with the kidney. The surgeon continues reflecting the inferior pole of the kidney, adjacent perinephric fat, and overlying Gerota's fascia anteriorly and medially, releasing the posterior and lateral attachments to the body sidewall and posterior wall. All lateral attachments are now released up to the level of the adrenal gland as the kidney is reflected anteriorly and medially with the back of the hand. Care must be taken not to enter Gerota's fascia. As the lateral attachments to the inferior aspect of the...

Surgical Technique Laparoscopic and Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy

The broad side of the wedge comprises three distinct levels of dissection along the medial aspect of the kidney the mobilized ascending colon, Kocher maneuver on the duodenum to move it medially, and dissection of the anterior and lateral surfaces of the inferior vena cava (IVC) (Fig. 11). As the colon is mobilized, special attention should be directed at identification of the duodenum. The duodenum may appear flattened against the medial aspect of the kidney it is very important to move slowly during this part of the dissection in order to clearly identify the duodenum. The duodenum will always be identified before the anterior surface of the vena cava can be isolated. To facilitate development of the deepest plane of dissection (i.e., the IVC dissection), it is helpful to first define the superior side of the wedge by incising the posterior coronary hepatic ligament from the line of Toldt, laterally, to the level of the IVC, medially at this cephalad level, the surgeon will come...

Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Throughout the time the patient is under your care, monitor serial blood pressures to determine if high or low levels occur. Monitor the heart rate and rhythm, assessing for sinus tachycardia and other cardiac dysrhythmias. Avoid palpation over the bladder or deep palpation of the kidneys and the adrenal gland, which can lead to a severe hypertensive attack.

Management of secondary amenorrhoea

Overall, the most common cause of POF is autoimmune disease with infection, previous surgery, chemo- and radiotherapy also contributing ovarian autoantibodies can be measured and have been found in up to 69 of cases of POF. However, the assay is expensive and not readily available in most units. It is therefore important to consider other autoimmune disorders, and screen for autoantibod-ies to the thyroid gland, gastric mucosa parietal cells and adrenal gland if there is any clinical indication.

Examination and investigation of patients with PCOS and secondary amenorrhoea

Signs of hyperandrogenism (acne, hirsutism, balding (alopecia)) are suggestive of the PCOS, although biochemical screening helps to differentiate other causes of androgen excess. It is important to distinguish between hyperandrogenism and virilization, which is additionally associated with high circulating androgen levels and causes deepening of the voice, breast atrophy, increase in muscle bulk and cliteromegaly (see Virilization p. 378). A rapid onset of hirsutism suggests the presence of an androgen secreting tumour of the ovary or adrenal gland. Hirsutism can be graded and given a 'Ferriman-Gallwey Score', by assessing the amount of hair in different parts of the body (e.g. upper lip, chin, breasts, abdomen, arms and legs). It is useful to monitor the progress of hirsutism, or its response to treatment, by making serial records, either using a chart or by taking photographs of affected areas of the body.

Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy

Spleno Renal Ligament

During this part of the dissection in order to clearly identify the duodenum. Also, the surgeon should be cognizant that the duodenum MUST always be dissected away from the kidney BEFORE the anterior surface of the vena cava can be identified. To facilitate development of the third and deepest plane of dissection (i.e., the IVC dissection), it is helpful to first define the superior side of the wedge by incising the posterior coronary hepatic ligament from the line of Toldt, laterally, to the level of the IVC, medially at this cephalad level, the surgeon will come directly onto the lateral and anterior surface of the IVC well above the duodenum and the adrenal gland. This incision in the posterior coronary hepatic ligament provides access to the IVC well above the adrenal gland. At this point, the en bloc area of dissection of the specimen has been completely defined, ensuring removal of the kidney within Gerota's fascia, along with the pararenal and perirenal fat, the adrenal gland,...

Physiology Of The Anterior Pituitary Gland

There are six anterior pituitary hormones whose physiologic importance is clearly established. They include the hormones that govern the function of the thyroid and adrenal glands, the gonads, the mammary glands, and bodily growth. They have been called trophic or tropic from the Greek trophos, meaning to nourish,'' or tropic, meaning to turn toward.'' Both terms are generally accepted. We thus have, for example, thyro-trophin, or thyrotropin, which is also more accurately called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Because its effects are exerted throughout the body or soma in Greek, growth hormone (GH) has also been called the somato-tropic hormone (STH), or somatotropin. Table 1 lists the anterior pituitary hormones and their various synonyms. The various anterior pituitary cells are named for the hormones they contain. Thus we have thyrotropes, corticotropes, somatotropes, and lactotropes. Because a substantial number of growth hormone-producing cells also secrete prolactin, they...

Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency

The most common cause of secondary adrenocorticol insufficiency is iatrogenic, caused by withdrawal of therapy from patients who have been treated with pharmocologic doses of glucocorticoids (10). Clinical experience suggests that more than 30 d of supraphysiologic glucocorticoid treatment (e.g., prednisone at doses of 7.5 mg d) may suppress CRH and ACTH for 3-6 mo an additional 36 mo may then be required for cortisol to respond to ACTH since ACTH is trophic for the adrenal glands. Both topical and inhaled steroids (11) have now been reported to suppress the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis, so withdrawal from prolonged use of these agents must be monitored for adrenal insufficiency.

The Ap Axis In Vertebrate Central Nervous Systems

NCCs are destined to form the peripheral nervous system (including Schwann cells) and also the adrenergic cells of the adrenal medulla and some skin pigment cells. One neural crest lineage which has received much attention is that which goes to form sympathetic neurons and the chromaffin cells of the adrenal gland. Investigation of this so-called sympatho-adrenal (SA) lineage has provided insight into the processes of neuronal differentiation. In the head region, some neural crest cells differentiate into cartilage and bone, especially the visceral skeleton of the branchial arches. We shall see the significance of this when we come to consider the segmentation of the hindbrain (rhombencephalon) in Section 18.8.

The Acute Phase Response and Alzheimer Disease

Elevated plasma levels of cortisol have been found in moderate to severe AD (65,75,132,234,283,313). Orell and O'Dwyer (283) have explained that this may be initiated by excessive cytokine production by injured brain cells which trigger release of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) from the hypothalamus. CRF stimulates corticotropin release from the pituitary which in turn stimulates glucocorticoid release from the adrenal glands. The activity of this loop is, in part, regulated by the binding of glucocorticosteroid to corti-costeroid receptors in the hippocampus. In animals, aging is acompanied by an impairment in the ability of the hippocampus to inhibit corticotropin release, and is accompanied by a sustained high concentration of steroid production. In persons with AD, there is a delay in the decline of corticotropin concentration after challenge with dexamethasone. It is thought that the excessive and or prolonged cortisol secretion in AD may result in the persistent...

Rapid ACTH Stimulation Test

Bances to rule out pituitary or hypothalamic tumor. X-rays are generally not useful in patients with primary adrenal insufficiency caused by autoimmune disease. In all other cases, a CT of the abdomen may reveal enlarged adrenal glands, which may need to be biopsied by CT-guided fine needle for the diagnosis.

Tertiary prevention of hypothyroidism Avoiding Complications

Autoimmune thyroiditis (see next paragraph) and in patients with hypopituitarism. Therefore, in patients with clinical features suggesting primary adrenal insufficiency (e.g., weight loss, hyperpigmentation, nausea, or vomiting) or pituitary disease (e.g., visual field deficits, diplopia, or hypogonadism), the possibility of hypoadrenalism should be excluded by adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation testing.

Endocrine Complications

Because most patients harbor macroadenomas, hypopituitarism develops from compression of normal surrounding pituitary tissue by the expanding tumor mass causing amenorrhea and impotence in half of acromegalic patients (15,37), with secondary hypothyroidism and hypoadrenalism in approximately 20 .

Secondary Adrenocorticol Insufficiency

The presentation of secondary adrenal insufficiency is similar to that of primary adrenal insufficiency except that the adrenal glands remain intact and it is either hypothalamic CRH or pituitary ACTH secretion that is deficient. Clinically, this difference is seen as the lack of hyperpigmentation (owing to excess ACTH and MSH secretion in Addison's disease) and absent features of miner-alocorticoid deficiency, since the adrenal glands can still directly respond to

Routine Laboratory Findings

Other laboratory features include normocytic normochromic anemia, relative lymphocytosis and eosinophilia (recall the case of John F. Kennedy), and mild hypercalcemia in 6 of patients. Chest x-ray reveals a small heart, and abdominal x-rays may show adrenal calcification owing to damage to the adrenals. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) may show enlargement of the adrenal glands in tuberculosis, malignant tumor, metastases, or adrenal hemorrhage, whereas small or absent adrenal glands are characteristic of autoimmune destruction.

Mean LOS 63 days Description Medical Endocrine Disorders with CC

Pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor, most often located in the adrenal gland, that arises from catecholamine-producing chromaffin cells. Although pheochromocytoma occurs in only 0.1 to 0.3 of all hypertensive patients, hypertension may be fatal if the pheochromocytoma goes unrecognized. These tumors secrete large quantities of epinephrine and norepinephrine, resulting in persistent or paroxysmal hypertension. Pheochromocytomas are vascular tumors that contain hemorrhagic or cystic areas and are most often well encapsulated, with 90 of the tumors being benign. The tumors are generally less than 6 cm in diameter and usually weigh less than 100 g.

Atrial Natriuretic Peptide and Related Peptides

Structure Natriuretic Peptides

Three ANP99_126 or natriuretic peptide receptor (NPR) subtypes have been identified. Two, NPR-A and NPR-B, contain cytoplasmic guanylyl cyclase domains which become active, converting GTP to cGMP, when ligand is bound to the extracellular domain. A third subtype, NPR-C, lacks the cytoplasmic guanylyl cyclase domain, and may participate mostly in clearance of bound ANP 1 . Although a lack of specific antisera has hampered localization studies, differential binding and detection of specific mRNAs have localized NPR-A to the renal cortex, including glomeruli, and medulla, while both NPR-A and NPR-B are found in peripheral vasculature and the adrenal gland. NPR-C is present in glomeruli and large renal vessels and absent in the medulla 55, 58 .

Heterosexual development

This anomaly occurs as a result of an enzyme deficiency in the steroid pathway of the adrenal gland (see Chapter 34) and children with this condition require steroid replacement 9,10 . It is imperative that they have good control of their congenital adrenal hyperplasia at puberty if they are to go through the process of secondary sexual characteristic development at the appropriate time. However, many of these girls fail to comply with their steroid therapy and they are therefore uncontrolled. As a result of that, they fail to establish the normal process of puberty. It is therefore

Primary Adrenal Insufficiency Addisons Disease

Suncongentcral Hemorrhage

Other causes of primary adrenal insufficiency include adrenal hemorrhage in adults on anticoagulant therapy or in children because of meningococcal or Pseudomonas septicemia. Adrenomyeloneuropathy is an X-linked recessive disorder affecting 1 in 25,000 males, resulting in accumulation of long-chain fatty acids in central and peripheral nervous tissues as well as the adrenals and gonads it is characterized by spastic paralysis and adrenal insufficiency (9). Although the adrenal insufficiency is clearly treatable, the cranial deficits are, unfortunately, progressive, with no known effective therapy. Through opportunistic infections, systemic fungal infections (histoplasmosis, cryptococcus, blastomycosis) and AIDS also result in adrenal insufficiency in 5 of patients. Primary adrenal insufficiency may also be iatrogenic owing to medications such as aminoglutethimide, metyrapon, and ketoconazole that reversibly inhibit steps in steroidogenesis. The anesthetic medication etomidate, as well...

Clinical Features of Infection

Immunocompromised adults can develop a severe generalized disease that is occasionally responsible for herpetic hepatitis. HSV pneumonitis accounts for 6-8 of cases of interstitial pneumonia in recipients of bone marrow transplants. Mortality due to HSV pneumonia in immunosuppressed patients is above 80 . Generalized HSV with involvement of adrenal glands, pancreas, small and large intestine and bone marrow was reported in the immunocompromised patient. HSV has also been isolated from 40 of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

How is Vitamin E Taken up and Distributed in the Body

The dietary availability of a-tocopherol, the expression level of liver a-TTP protein is a critical determinant of the a-tocopherol level in plasma and peripheral cells. Moreover, studies with patients expressing a mutant a-TTP gene show that after supplementation with tocopherols, peak plasma concentrations occur after 6 hours, after which the level of a-tocopherol rapidly drops 37 . In people with a normal a-TTP gene, peak concentrations are reached after 11 hours and a high concentration of a-tocopherol is maintained over several days 37,38 . These results suggest that the main physiological purpose of the a-tocopherol salvage pathway is to maintain a high and continuous plasma concentration of a-tocopherol. The maintenance of high concentrations of a-tocopherol in plasma protects the lipoproteins (VLDL, LDL, and HDL) from oxidative damage however, this may not be the only reason of this pathway. Given the neurodegenerative symptoms caused by a deficient a-TTP gene, it can be...

Molecular And Structural Characteristics

Human PHT2 was found to be widely expressed in various tissues, with mRNA expression demonstrated throughout the gastrointestinal tract, with increased expression in the colon.35 Furthermore, hPHT2 mRNA expression was shown in the brain, colon, heart, kidney, leukocytes, liver, lung, ovary, pancreas, placenta, skeletal muscle, small intestine, spleen, testis, and thymus, which was all confirmed by Southern blot analysis.35 Interestingly, Sakata et al. demonstrated rPHT2 mRNA expression in lung, spleen, and thymus, with lower expression in brain, liver, adrenal gland, and heart by RT-PCR.21 Strong expression was also determined by in situ hybridization in immunocytes, specifically eosinophils, macrophages, and other phagocytes. Further confounding the elucidation of PHT2's function were observations by Sakata et al. suggesting an intracellular localization of PHT2 in the Golgi, lysosomes, autophago-somes, and vacuoles of HEK-293T and baby hamster kidney (BHK) cells.21 Interestingly,...

Mediators Which Oppose Renal Salt Retention and Vasoconstriction

The two major systemic dopamine receptors are designated the DA and DA2 receptors. (These receptors are to be distinguished from the better defined CNS dopamine receptors Di through D5.) DA, receptors are located in the neuromuscular junctions of blood vessels, in renal tubules, and in sympathetic ganglia. Stimulation of the DAt receptors dilates blood vessels, inhibits renal tubule sodium reabsorption, and reduces postganglion sympathetic outflow. The DA2 receptors are primarily located in postganglionic sympathetic nerve terminals and in the adrenal gland. Activation of the DA2 receptors inhibits norepinephrine release from nerve endings and aldosterone and epinephrine release from the adrenal gland.

Further investigations of male infertility

Where surgical sperm retrieval may be considered while elevated levels are suggestive of failure of spermatogenesis (Table 45.13). In rare cases undetectable levels of FSH can be suggestive of hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism where treatment with exogenous FSH may be effective. Testosterone and LH measurements are helpful in the assessment of men where androgen deficiency is suspected or where there is a need to exclude sex steroid abuse or steroid secreting tumours of the testes or adrenals. As men with hyperprolactinaemia have sexual dysfunction, it is necessary to exclude elevated prolactin levels in men with loss of libido and impotence. Persistently elevated prolactin levels warrant further investigations such as imaging of the pituitary gland.

Robert G Spanheimer md

In 1855, Thomas Addison described anemia, general languor, debility, remarkable feebleness of the heart's action, irritability in the stomach, and a peculiar change of color in the skin. These changes were associated with destruction of the adrenal glands as found on autopsy, but no therapy was known and patients inevitably died. In 1949 (2), the synthesis of cortisone and cortisol for treatment of inflammatory diseases led to their availability for adrenal insufficiency and thus changed the course of the disease in patients with Addison's disease.

Direct Tubular Effects of Diuretics

Once released, renin stimulates the formation of angiotensin II which, in turn, stimulates the release of aldosterone from the adrenal gland. In the absence of diuretics, increased circulating levels of aldosterone induced by a contracted effective circulatory volume are not associated with a marked increase in renal potassium excretion. The kaliuretic effect is blunted because there is a simultaneous reduction in distal Na and fluid delivery as a result of enhanced reabsorption at nephron sites proximal to where aldosterone exerts its principal physiologic effect. In the setting of osmotic agents, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors and loop and thiazide diuretics, distal delivery of salt and water to aldosterone responsive cells in the distal nephron is increased such that the kaliuretic effect of aldosterone is fully expressed. It is increased distal K secretion rather than decreased proximal K reabsorption which accounts for the development of hypokalemia following the use of these...

Chronic Adrenal Insufficiency

The treatment for chronic primary adrenal insufficiency includes replacement of both glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid. In secondary (pituitary hypo-thalmic) adrenal insufficiency, only glucocorticoid replacement is necessary because the adrenal gland is still intact and can respond directly to hyperkalemia and hypovolemia through the renin angiotension system to stimulate mineralo-corticoid secretion.

Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor

Macrophage inhibitory factor (MIF) was first discovered in 1966 as a T-cell product released during delayed-type hypersensitivity (193) and rediscovered in 1993 as a pituitary-derived cytokine that potentiates lethal endotoxemia (194) as well as a macrophage product (195) induced by the action of glucocorticoids (196). MIF is expressed constitutively in many tissues, including lung, liver, kidney, spleen, adrenal gland, and skin. MIF exists as a preformed cytokine that is rapidly released following LPS injection (197). Bernhagen et al. (194) reported that injection of MIF together with one LD40 of LPS greatly potentiated lethality and that anti-MIF antibodies fully protected against one LD50 of LPS. Accordingly, MIF-deficient mice were more resistant to LPS-induced lethality (198). This phenomenon was associated with a reduced level of circulating TNF, an enhanced level of nitric oxide (NO) and no effect on IL-6, IL-10, and IL-12 levels. Anti-MIF antibodies also protected mice from...

Native Americans Early Uses of Animals

Products in medical treatment has not received the same attention. Animal products were used in a number of medical remedies in many Native American nations. Moose and bear fat were used by the Ojibwa to treat skin wounds and to ensure healthy skin in the extreme temperatures. Deer tendons were used as suture material by numerous tribes. The Yukon treated scurvy by ingestion of the animal adrenal glands. Fish oil, because of its high iodine content, was used to treat goiters in Eskimo and Aleut nations. Some South American nations treated epilepsy through shock treatment'' with electric eels. A type of injection device was used by some Native American nations well before the invention of the syringe in 1904. Such devices were constructed from the bladder of a deer or duck connected to a reed or quill of the porcupine. These syringes were used to clean wounds or to inject herbal medicine into the wound.

Glucocorticoid Coverage for Stress

Instead of the one-dose-fits-all protocol, these authors recommend corticosteroid supplementation based on the level of medical or surgical stress. Patients who should receive supplementation are all those with primary or secondary adrenal insufficiency, including patients currently receiving more than physiologic glucocorticoid treatment equivalent to more than 5 mg d of prednisone. All these patients plus those receiving less than 5 mg d of prednisone who undergo any procedure or have a medical illness require their usual daily glucocorticoid therapy either orally or intravenously. Patients who take less than physiologic replacement (prednisone

Operating Room SetUp Trocar Configuration and Patient Positioning

Once the patient has been intubated and all appropriate lines and monitors have been placed, the patient is rolled into the true flank position with the lesion in the superior position. We generally elevate the kidney rest slightly and use a modest amount of flex in the OR table to help distract the kidney and adrenal gland from nearby structures. The bottom leg is flexed at the hip and knee while the upper leg remains straight. A beanbag device allows for the stabilization of the patient and is further aided by the use of wide silk tape secured to the rails of the bed. It is important to fully pad all pressure points, including both the top and bottom legs as well as the axilla. The upper arm can be supported with pillows or on a specifically designed holder secured to the bed rail (Fig. 1). This position should be very familiar to most urologic surgeons, as it is the same as for a flank approach for extirpative and reconstructive renal surgery.

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ACTH secretion therefore remains high and stimulates more pregnenolone production and causes adrenal hyperplasia (Fig. 20). Eventually, the hyperactive adrenals produce enough cortisol for negative feedback to be operative, but at the expense of maintaining a high rate of androgen production. The whole system can be brought into proper balance by giving sufficient glucocorticoids to decrease ACTH secretion and therefore remove the stimulus for androgen production.

Regenerative Abilities In Vertebrates

Apart from wound healing (or wound repair), which is mostly closure of a wound by scar tissue, the degree of tissue renewal or regeneration in vertebrates varies in different tissues. In fact, what is different is the complexity involved in the mechanisms and magnitude of regeneration. The simplest form of regeneration is the axonal outgrowth seen in a severed nervous system. Regeneration by simple proliferation seen in organs, such as intestines, liver, or adrenal gland, is somewhat more complex. It involves proliferation of cells that compose the particular organ. Regeneration of other organs and tissues, on the other hand, can be channeled through proliferation and differentiation of stem cells. More complex types of regeneration involve dedifferentiation. In these cases (mostly seen in amphibia), a particular cell type at the damaged site dedifferentiates and then redifferentiates into the same type. Regeneration of CNS (brain, spinal cord), intestine and heart can be achieved by...

Stress and the Endocrine System

One function of the central nervous system is to evaluate and identify situations that can qualify as stress situations. The major components in the brain that are involved are the cortex, the limbic system, and the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the brain structure that bridges the nervous and the endocrine systems. In stress situations ( fight or flight ), the body mobilizes all of its energy to deal with the stress. The sympathetic nervous system, which is part of the autonomic nervous system, coordinates the effort to cope with the stress. The signal to activate the sympathetic nervous system is provided by the hormone epinephrine that is released from the medulla of the adrenal gland. A simplified description of the chain of events can be represented as follows Beginning with encountering a stress situation, hypothalamic production of a cortico-releasing factor (CRF) signals the pituitary to release the hormone ACTH (adreno-corticotrophic hormone), which, in turn, acts on the...

Prenatal Development

The placenta also has important endocrine functions. Soon after implantation, chorionic gonadotropin (CG) is produced. This maintains the corpus luteum so that progesterone production is continued. Progesterone maintains the thick endometrium. After month three or four of the pregnancy, CG drops sharply and the placenta produces progesterone itself the corpus luteum is allowed to degrade. The placenta also produces large amounts of estrogens, especially estriol, from testosterone produced by the fetal adrenal glands. The high levels of progesterone and estrogen are thought to contribute to the morning sickness'' experienced by some pregnant women. The hormone human placental lactogen, placental prolactin, plus maternal hormones prolactin and thyroid hormones prepare the mammary glands for milk production and has other effects similar to growth hormone. The peptide hormone relaxin prepares for birth by causing dilation of the cervix and suppressing oxytocin production by the...

Primary Port

Adrenalectomy the balloon is deflated and reinflated in a more cephalad location along the undersurface of the diaphragm to create a working space in the immediate vicinity of the adrenal gland. Similarly, during a retroperitoneoscopic nephroureterectomy, secondary balloon dilation is performed caudally to expose the distal ureter.

Rabbitpox Virus

The most distinctive lesions are the pocks on the skin and mucous membranes and occasionally small areas of focal necrosis are found in the internal organs (liver, spleen, lung, testes, ovaries, uterus, adrenals, and lymph nodes). In the so-called 'pockless' form, a few pocks may occur around the mouth and they may be visible on the shaved skin. The most prominent gross lesions are pleuritis, focal


The pituitary gland has usually been thought of as the master gland'' because its hormone secretions control the growth and activity of three other endocrine glands the thyroid, adrenals, and gonads. Because the secretory activity of the master gland is itself controlled by hormones that originate in either the brain or the target glands, it is perhaps better to think of the pituitary gland as the relay between the control centers in the central nervous system and the peripheral endocrine organs. The pituitary hormones are not limited in their activity to regulation of endocrine target glands they also act directly on nonendocrine target tissues. Secretion of all of these hormones is under the control of signals arising in both the brain and the periphery.


Prior to surgery, patients with MEN-2 should be evaluated for a pheochro-mocytoma if one is found, it should be removed prior to thyroidectomy. Currently unilateral surgery is recommended for a pheochromocytoma, with the understanding that one-third to one-half of patients will develop a pheochro-mocytoma of the other adrenal (39). Removing only one adrenal gland allows patients to be free of life-long glucocorticoid and mineralcorticoid replacement. Most pheochromocytomas can be removed laparoscopically (29). Parathyroid disease can be addressed at the same time as the total thyroidectomy. Bilateral neck dissection to identify all affected glands should be performed in individuals with known or suspected MEN-2a. There are two different surgical approaches to hyperparathyroidism (1) a total parathyroidectomy with autotransplantation into the nondominant forearm performed at the time of the total thyroidectomy and (2) a subtotal parathyroidectomy (three glands, often with cervical...


Enlarged peripheral nerves and lymphomatous lesions are the most frequently observed gross pathological findings in MD. Lymphomatous lesions can develop as early as 14 days after infection and generally manifest as diffuse infiltrations and or solid lymphomas, which affect a variety of organs, including the viscera (heart, liver, spleen, kidney, gonads, adrenal gland, etc.), skeletal muscle, and skin. Two main peripheral nerve pathologies are described neoplastic proliferation that sometimes involves secondary demyelin-ation (type A) and primary inflammatory cell-mediated demyelination (type B). MD lymphomas are cytologically complex and essentially comprised of lymphocytes and macrophages. MD tumors mainly consist of T-cells, but only a minority ofthese are transformed, the majority representing immune T-cells that try to contain the neoplasm.

Gonadal Hormones

Awakening of the gonads at the onset of sexual maturation is accompanied by a dramatic acceleration of growth. The adolescent growth spurt, like other changes at puberty, is attributable to steroid hormones of the gonads and perhaps the adrenals. Because the development of pubic and axillary hair at the onset of puberty is a response to increased secretion of adrenal androgens, this initial stage of sexual maturation is called adrenarche. The physiological mechanisms that trigger increased secretion of adrenal androgens and the awakening of the gonadotropic secretory apparatus are poorly understood they are considered further in Chapter 45. At the same time that gonadal steroids promote linear growth, they accelerate closure of the epiphyses and therefore limit the final height that can be attained. Children who undergo early puberty and hence experience their growth spurt while their contemporaries continue to grow at the slower prepubertal rate are likely to be the tallest and most...


Throughout reproductive life progesterone production seems to have an influence on women's physical psychological health. Progesterone and its metabolites such as allopregnanolone are produced by the ovary and the adrenals, and also de novo in the brain. These hormones themselves are neurosteroids that readily cross the blood-brain barrier. Progesterone has a sedative effect when administered.


In contrast to the strict apical localization of ABCC2, ABCC4 can acquire an apical as well as a basolateral membrane localization, depending on the tissue and the cell type. The first immunofluorescence analyses localized ABCC4 in the basolateral membrane of glandular epithelial cells of the prostate.115 Subsequently, ABCC4 Abcc4 was demonstrated in the apical membrane of proximal tubule epithelial cells of human51 and rat kidney.157 In human and murine brain capillary endothelial cells, ABCC4 Abcc4 is also localized in the apical (i.e., luminal) membrane.152'182 A basolateral localization is observed in human, rat, and mouse hepatocytes,53'157'158 pancreatic duct epithelial cells,206 and in choroid plexus epithelial cells,152 as well as after recombinant expression in polarized MDCK cells.50 Other cell types and tissues that express the ABCC4 protein include astrocytes,182 erythrocytes,207 platelets,118 adrenal gland,120 epithelial cells of seminal vesicles and ureter,122 and smooth...

Endogenous Ouabain

In the 1960s and 1970s, de Wardener and colleagues developed evidence for the existence of various natriuretic factors, which could stimulate salt excretion in the setting of volume expansion by inhibition of tubule Na K ATPase 16 . While numerous extracts of plasma and urine from volume expanded animals inhibited Na K ATPase activity and reduced transepithelial Na+ transport in a number of renal model epithelia, the identity of these factors remained unclear 16 , Recent studies have provided strong evidence that at least one of these factors may closely resemble ouabain itself 8 , The structure of ouabain is shown in Fig. 7. Similar compounds have been found in extracts of numerous plant species, most prominent of which is digitalis, an extract of the foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea). Ouabain binds to the a subunit of Na K ATPase and inhibits pump activity. Ouabain was shown to be present in high concentrations in the adrenals of rats, cows, and humans and has been measured at...

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Meccanismo Importo Nucleare

During acute experimental intraperitoneal infection, MCMV replicates predominantly in the spleen and liver and to a lesser extent in the lungs. However, the virus persists in the lungs for longer than in the spleen or liver. Other organs infected during the acute phase include the adrenal glands, kidneys, heart, and ovaries. During the chronic or persistent phase, the virus replicates predominantly in the salivary gland. Intranasal inoculation, which may mimic natural infection, results in viral replication predominantly in the lungs and salivary gland. Histologi-cally, MCMV-infected cells exhibit typical swelling or cytomegalia (from which the virus derives its name) with intranuclear inclusion bodies. In MCMV-infected mice, mononuclear cell infiltration may be observed in inflammatory responses in the heart, lung, adrenals, and other organs.


Acanthosis Nigrigans Vulva

Of the ovary or adrenal gland, Cushing's syndrome and late-onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). While CAH often presents at birth with ambiguous genitalia (see Chapter 34), partial 21-hydroxylase deficiency may present in later life, usually in the teenage years with signs and symptoms similar to PCOS. In such cases testosterone may be elevated and the diagnosis confirmed by an elevated serum concentration of 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) an abnormal ACTH stimulation test may also be helpful (250 p,g ACTH will cause an elevation of 17-OHP, usually between 65 and 470 nmol l).


Androstenedione Polycystic Ovary

Liver decreasing insulin-like growth factor binding protein 1 (IGFBP-1), thereby increasing free IGF-1 and possibly increasing dehydroandrostenedione (DHEA) secretion from the adrenals. The theca-interstitial compartment of the ovary contains an intact IGF system, with both ligands and receptors supporting its role in ovarian androgen production. Both insulin and IGFs have been shown to synergize with LH in vitro to modulate steroidogenesis and especially androgen production (9-12). Furthermore, insulin may also act via the IGF-1 receptor to increase androgen production in thecal cells (13). In many women, both the pulse amplitude and the frequency of LH are abnormally increased, resulting in chronically increased circulating LH concentrations. This may be an insulin effect or may reflect an increase in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) pulsatile secretion (14).


What triggers puberty Heredity and genetics certainly play a role, but so do environmental factors like nutrition and stress. Essentially, puberty results from a reactivation of the intense hormonal activity that was begun during the prenatal period. The major influences in this reactivation are the hypothalamus, the pituitary and adrenal glands, and the gonads (i.e., ovaries, testes), which produce sex hormones in abundance, at least in contrast to childhood when their concentration was minimal. The characterization of puberty as a time of raging hormones is not wholly inappropriate, but the status of hormones as a direct cause of behavioral and or mood disruptions is not a given. For example, extreme (high or low) concentrations of testosterone and estrogen are associated with unstable mood, but moderate concentrations are


Hormone And Parturition

In theory, signals to terminate pregnancy could originate with either the mother or the fetus. Most investigators favor the idea that the fetus, which has essentially controlled events during the rest of pregnancy, signals its readiness to be born. In sheep, the triggering event for parturition is an ACTH-dependent increase in cortisol production by the fetal adrenals. In this species, cortisol stimulates expression of P450c17 in the placenta and thereby shifts production of steroid hormones away from progesterone and toward estrogen. While there is neither a stimulation of P450c17 expression in the human placenta nor a fall in progesterone in humans, the human fetal adrenal may nevertheless have an essential role in orchestrating the events that lead up to parturition. Although the ability to secrete 19-carbon androgens is acquired by the fetal zone of the adrenals early in gestation, the definitive and transitional zones mature much later. The capacity to produce significant amounts...

Adrenal physiology

Each adrenal gland is composed of cortical and medullary areas. The cortex is divided histologically and functionally into three concentric zones the zona glomerulosa, which secretes aldosterone, the fasiculata, which secretes cortisol, and the reticularis, which secretes adrenal androgens. The adrenal medulla secretes catecholamines, principally epinephrine. Cortisol secretion is closely regulated by a negative feedback mechanism, as shown in Fig. 1. Pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) directly stimulates cortisol release from the adrenal glands. ACTH release is stimulated by the hypothalmic hormone corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and inhibited by cortisol at the level of the pituitary and hypothalmus by reducing CRH and ACTH release. Aldosterone secretion is directly stimulated by ACTH but also potassium (hyperkalemia) and renin (hypovolemia). Regulation of adrenal androgens is not well defined. Plasma cortisol concentration reaches its maximum a few hours before and...

Lung Cancer

EUS is suitable to evaluate common sites of spread of lung cancer such as the mediastinal lymph nodes, left adrenal gland, liver, and direct invasion of the mediastinal structures (esophagus, trachea, great vessels, or heart) by the primary tumor. Over the past decade, EUS has emerged as a valuable adjunct in the evaluation of lymph nodes and masses in the posterior mediastinum. In a prospective, triple blinded trial, EUS-FNA has been shown to be superior to CT and PET scanning in the mediastinal evaluation of lung cancer patients verified by surgical pathology. In this study, CT and PET were compared with EUS. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of all three modalities were comparable when either CT or PET scanning correctly predicted the nodal stage. The tissue diagnosis obtained from the EUS-guided FNA was extremely helpful. EUS with FNA was the most useful modality even with small mediastinal lymph nodes (

Adrenal Cortex

Adrenal cortical hormones have been divided into two categories based on their ability to protect against these two causes of death. The so-called mineralocorti-coids are necessary for maintenance of sodium and potassium balance. Aldosterone is the physiologically important mineralocorticoid, although some deoxycor-ticosterone, another potent mineralocorticoid, is also produced by the normal adrenal gland (Fig. 2). Cortisol