Acquired adrenal hyperplasia - due to thymic carcinoid tumour

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad


A known case of thymic carcinoid tumour (histology proven). Post-operative CT scan performed for follow up after 3 months.

Patient Data

Age: 56 years
Gender: Male

Pre-operative images were not available

There is bilateral non-tumoural enlargement of the adrenal glands.

Case Discussion

Bilateral non-tumoural enlargement of the adrenal glands in a 56 Y/O male with thymic carcinoid tumour compatible with acquired adrenal hyperplasia.

Thymic carcinoid tumour is the most common type of the neuroendocrine tumours of the thymus. Up to 50% of affected patients have hormonal abnormalities, and up to 35% have Cushing syndrome owing to tumoural production of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH secretion causes adrenal hyperplasia in these patients. 

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Case information

rID: 21269
Published: 13th Jan 2013
Last edited: 16th Sep 2015
System: Urogenital
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