Adrenal disorders happen when the adrenal glands — the two small organs above the kidneys — make too much or not enough of hormones called cortisol, adrenaline or aldosterone. These hormones are responsible for regulating things like blood pressure, blood sugar, metabolism, immunity (protects the body from disease), and stress response.
Adrenal disorders in children include Addison’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. While symptoms vary, a child may have weight gain, excessive hair growth, blood pressure issues or problems with sexual development. Some kids have tumors on the adrenal glands.
Nemours Children’s pediatric endocrinologists see a lot of kids with adrenal disorders. We know how they can affect body function and growth, and even self-esteem. We help your child feel better inside and out.
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Some adrenal disorders can be serious or complex. They may run in families. We educate your family and provide support and guidance for the long term.
We offer advanced treatments. We may use medicines to balance hormones. We may also recommend surgery or radiation to treat tumors. We choose the safest and most effective options with the least negative side effects.
We work with a team to care for your child. As needed, we bring in other specialists with expertise in genetics, surgery, psychology, nutrition and more. You can get this all within our system.
We provide education and support. We know how adrenal disorders can affect your family. We educate you on the condition and how to help your child. We’re here every step of the way.
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