The adrenal glands are a pair of endocrine glands situated right above the kidneys. They are responsible for producing stress hormones such as the cortisol and adrenaline for maintaining your blood pressure and your body response to stress. In women, the adrenal produces some sex hormone and are important for maintaining libido. Adrenal over-secreting (hyper-functioning) are well recognized clinical syndromes and can give rise to severe conditions such as Cushing Syndrome, Conn’s Syndrome, pheochromocytoma, manifesting as hypertension amongst other clinical symptoms and signs. The adrenal can also under-secretes hormones (hypo-functioning) giving rise to condition such as Addison disease. Without treatment, these conditions can be very serious and debilitating.
Advanced tests are available to diagnose and treat these conditions to good clinical outcomes.