Management approaches to adrenal incidentalomas. A view from Rochester, Minnesota

Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2000 Mar;29(1):159-85, x. doi: 10.1016/s0889-8529(05)70122-5.


Two biproducts of the revolution in diagnostic imaging techniques are unintended discoveries, and uncertainty for the patient and the clinician. To address the uncertainty associated with adrenal incidentalomas, clinicians need to understand the definition, differential diagnosis, and options for assessment with respect to functional status and malignancy potential. This article presents an algorithmic approach that addresses these issues.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / diagnosis
  • Adenoma / epidemiology
  • Adenoma / surgery
  • Adrenal Cortex Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Adrenal Cortex Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Adrenal Cortex Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Humans
  • Hyperaldosteronism / diagnosis
  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • Pheochromocytoma / diagnosis
  • Pheochromocytoma / epidemiology
  • Pheochromocytoma / surgery


  • Iodine Radioisotopes