Adrenal gland disorders

Adrenal gland experts in Duke’s nationally ranked endocrinology program use the latest diagnostic tests and treatments to manage adrenal gland disorders including Cushing's syndrome, Conn's syndrome and adrenal cancers. We are among the few surgeons in the country that removes adrenal tumors through your back with very small incisions, which avoids painful abdominal incisions. We specialize in the use of personalized hormone replacement therapy for Addison’s disease, which occurs when the adrenal gland does not produce sufficient steroid hormones. Our goal is to help you manage your adrenal disorder and improve your quality of life.

One month after undergoing a minimally invasive procedure to remove the adrenal gland tumor, Bischoff said, "I feel fantastic.

Nationally ranked care for adrenal disorders

Adrenal gland disorders can be difficult to diagnose. If left untreated, they can cause life-threatening complications. Our nationally ranked endocrinology team is dedicated to diagnosing and treating adrenal gland disorders, including pheochromocytoma (excessive adrenaline),  Cushing's syndrome (excessive cortisol) and Conn’s syndrome (excessive aldosterone), all of which involve the overproduction of adrenal hormones. We also treat adrenal cancer, rare neuroendocrine tumors called paragangliomas, and a rare genetic condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which affects the gland’s ability to produce hormones. We develop personalized hormone replacement plans to keep your crucial hormone levels in balance.

If your adrenal disorder is caused by an adrenal tumor, we use sophisticated tests to determine if surgery is needed.  We remove rare endocrine tumors called paragangliomas and adrenal cancers that are often difficult to treat.  We are one of the few centers in the country with surgeons skilled in removing tumors through small incisions which speeds recovery and minimizes scarring and risk of injury to abdominal organs. We use this technique to remove cancerous masses which may have spread to the adrenal gland from other organs, such as isolated lung cancer, colon cancer or ovarian cancer metastases. We also treat adrenocortical carcinoma and a rare genetic condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which affects the gland’s ability to produce hormones. 

Choose Duke for treatment of your adrenal disorders because we offer:

  • Reputation for excellence. We rank among the top hospitals in the country for endocrinology care by U.S. News & World Report. That means our specialists offer expert care for adrenal disorders using the most advanced tests, surgeries and treatments available today, as well as minimally invasive surgical options that can result in less pain, fewer complications, minimal scarring and shorter hospital stays. 
  • Personalized care. If left untreated, the hormone imbalances associated with adrenal disorders can cause high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and metabolic issues. We develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your body’s needs and hormone levels.
  • Advanced techniques for adrenalectomy. Our highly-specialized surgeons use a minimally invasive approach to access your adrenal glands through tiny incisions in your back. This direct access to your adrenal glands is in contrast to the traditional surgical approach, which requires an incision in your abdomen and requires surgeons to work around your liver, spleen, pancreas and colon.



Ready for an appointment?
- call us at -