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July - September 2022, Volume 18, Issue 3
Actualities in medicine

Miron A, Toma EA, Enciu O

Partial Adrenalectomy – How Far Can We Go?

Acta Endo (Buc) 2022, 18 (3): 401-405
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2022.401

Organ preservation and functional resections are the mainstays of most surgical sub-specialties at the present time. This is even more evident in endocrine surgery, where the product of secretion of these petit organs is of paramount importance. Partial adrenalectomy and cortical sparing techniques have evolved to actually compete with total adrenalectomy, the historical gold standard treatment. Much refined imaging techniques can readily identify smaller adrenal lesions that can be addressed surgically or percutaneously given the indication. The trend towards partial adrenalectomy is straightforward in bilateral disease where steroid replacement can be avoided while for unilateral disease, normal hormonal levels can be obtained. The reviewed publications offer deep insight into the advancement of partial or cortical sparing adrenal procedures from pioneering work to large cohort studies.

Keywords: adrenal tumors, selective adrenalectomy, Cushing syndrome, Conn syndrome, Pheochromocytoma.

Correspondence: Elena Adelina Toma, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, General Surgery Department, Bucharest, Romania, E-mail: