The Adrenal Glands are triangular shaped glands that sit on top of the kidney’s and are mainly responsible for releasing stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline.
- Addison’s Disease is a rare, chronic condition brought about by the failure of the adrenal glands. Lifelong, continuous treatment with steroid replacement therapy is required. With the right balance of daily medication, most people with the disease are able to continue life much as it was before diagnosis.
- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia describes the condition in which there is an inherited enzyme block in the adrenal. This is one of the most common genetic disorders and manifests itself as too much or too little adrenal steriods and adrogens.
- Cushing’s Syndrome describes the condition resulting from exposure to an excess of steroid hormones. For more information see under Pituitary Disorders.