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Glándulas suprarrenales

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Son glándulas de forma triangular ubicadas en la parte superior de los riñones.

La parte externa de la glándula suprarrenal se denomina corteza y produce hormonas esteroides como cortisol, aldosterona y testosterona. La parte interna de la glándula se denomina médula y produce epinefrina y norepinefrina, que frecuentemente se denominan adrenalina y noradrenalina.

Cuando las glándulas producen más o menos hormonas de lo que el cuerpo necesita, uno puede enfermarse.

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Parker KL, Rainey WE. The adrenal glands. In: Griffin JE, Ojeda SR, eds. Textbook of Endocrine Physiology. New York: Oxford University Press; 2004:319-348.

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    Review Date: 11/23/2009

    Review By: Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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