Adrenal carcinoma

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


The patient presented with hirsutism, central obesity, and striae rubrae. Blood pressure measured 180/110 mmHg. Blood cortisol levels were elevated and ACTH suppressed. There was a palpable mass in the right upper and middle abdomen.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female

Fig. 1 is a coronal HASTE demonstrating a large, centrally necrotic tumor displacing the right kidney and its hilum caudally.

Fig. 2 is a transverse T1 fat-saturated image following IV gadolinium. The mass exhibits an inhomogeneous peripheral enhancement pattern with central necrosis.

Case Discussion

The MRI demonstrates a massive tumor between the liver and right kidney. The kidney is displaced caudally (Fig. 1). Following contrast, the tumor demonstrates heterogeneous enhancement with large, central necrosis (Fig. 2).

The large size of the adrenal mass and the central necrosis is compatible with adrenal cortical carcinoma.

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Case information

rID: 13777
Published: 15th May 2011
Last edited: 3rd Nov 2020
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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