Acute bilateral adrenal hemorrhage due to metastatic adenocarcinoma: Clinical presentation as flank pain

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Abstract

Adrenal metastasis is a recognized cause of bilateral adrenal hemorrhage. This condition is uncommon but potentially life threatening and usually is not diagnosed clinically before radiologic studies are performed. We discuss the case of a woman presenting to the emergency room with severe flank pain and mild anemia. Computed tomography revealed bilateral adrenal masses with hemorrhage, compatible with probable adrenal metastasis. Subsequent diagnostic work-up revealed metastatic lesions in the spine, mediastinal adenopathy, and a duodenal mass. Biopsy of the mediastinal nodes and duodenal mass each revealed metastatic adenocarcinoma of an unknown primary tumor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-328
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Radiology
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 5 1997

Keywords

  • Adrenal hemorrhage
  • Adrenal metastases
  • Computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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