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Adrenocortical cancer

Rossella Libè, Lionel Groussin, Xavier Bertagna and Jérôme Bertherat

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.0542

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Adrenocortical cancer

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Adrenocortical cancer (ACC) is among the most aggressive endocrine tumours with an overall very poor prognosis. Morbidity and mortality can be secondary to steroid hormone excess and/or tumour growth and metastases. This potentially poor outcome justifies the importance of considering malignancy in the man-agement of an adrenal mass. The diagnosis of malignancy in a patient with an adrenal tumour relies on careful investigations of clinical, biological, and imaging features before surgery and path-ological examination after tumour removal. Appropriate man-agement and follow-up by an expert multidisciplinary team is important to improve prognosis and to progress in these rare neoplasms.

Chapter.  6775 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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