Bulky left adrenal gland

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Hello.  I recently had a SPECT scan for an unrelated condition and it was reported that I have a 'mildly bulky' left adrenal gland.  Is this something I should see my GP about?  Many thanks for your help

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    What is a SPECT scan? 
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      Good question.  No sure exactly but like a CT scan - they were checking to see if I had something wrong with the facet joints in my spine.
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      Hi, I had a CT scan about 3 months ago for something else and it showed I had an adenoma in my left adrenal gland. The Dr also said it was lumpy. I need to have another CT scan 2/3 months time to see if it has grown and if it has I think It will have to be removed. Most of these are found on CT scans when looking for something else and apparently are quite rare. Are you having any symptoms? I get symptoms on and off.
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      Not sure what symptoms to look out for but I don't think so.  I'm recovering from major spinal surgery so am naturally tired, achy, bit emotional etc - but sure this is due to the operation.  I don't want to waste my GPs time if it's nothing to worry about.
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      There are quite a few symptoms.

      Sweating, palpitations, facial flushing, bloating of abdomen, fast heartbeat, dizzy and more. 

      Normally if anything shows up on a scan you should receive an appointment from the hospital to discuss the scan. Have you seen anyone from the hospital about this?

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      It was in a letter from my neurosurgeon to my GP.  So, GP should have picked it up.  The scan was done privately so not surpried there's been no joined up thinking.  Thanks
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    Yes, it could be a growth on your adrenal gland,   Conn's Syndrome. How's your blood pressure, see your doctor.     Kind Regards

     

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      Hi Eijack - blood pressure was 122/63 at the time of the scan - just about normal?  Nevertheless I'll go to the GP just to be safe.  Thanks all
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      Hi my blood pressure can be high at times and I can also go weeks before another attack. I think you should see your Dr to be on the safe side.

      Good luck.

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    Update: I saw my GP and he has absolutely no idea what it could be.  I have symptoms that could be attached to an issue with the adrenal glands but they can be attributed to my spinal problems and also that I'm peri-menopausal!  So it appears that the bulky gland is rare if he hasn't seen it before.  He said he could refer me to an endocrinologist but I don't want to waste anyones time if it's nothing and be seen as a time waster.  Any advice would be great.  Should I see a specialist?  thanks
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      I received a letter last week to have an MRI scan next month on both my adrenals. I had no idea I was having the scan until I received the letter. I read online that the MRI scan can show up more than the CT scan. If I was you, I would want to see an endocrinologist, he can do much more than your Dr.  
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    Don't ever be afraid of wasting a Doctors time! It's your health at stake!

    from what you write it's seems very much like the symptoms I had without the peri- menstrual, I have a benign growth on my adrenal gland,it's called Conns syndrome" and I take the drug "Spironolactone".  See your doctor and tell him,    Kind Regards

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