Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Adrenal Hyperplasia Anatomy

To better understand congenital adrenal hyperplasia, it helps to understand the anatomy of the adrenal glands.

The adrenal glands are triangle-shaped endocrine glands that lie over the top of each kidney.

The adrenal gland is composed of adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla. The adrenal cortex produces a variety of steroid hormones including cortisol and aldosterone. The adrenal medulla produces epinephrine and norepinephrine.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Adrenal Hyperplasia References
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