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06 Apr 2006

hypertension admission to hospital leads to test to rule out a tumor
now under care of a physician who ordered a 24 hour urine test for cortisol levels while in hospital, apparantely levels were VERY high and when all results are back at the end of 2 weeks it will either rule in or out a possible adrenal gland tumor? hence the very high bp spikes. also other factors involved apparantely. thank you for advising me to seek urgent specialist attention. feeling very scared as it seems this is a very serious condition? could this turn out to be cancer?
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HeartDoc

01 Jan 0001


Dear Evergreen,

I’m glad you are in the care of a specialist physician. Tumours of the adrenal gland can secrete excessive amounts of cortisol, which can cause, amongst other things, spikes in blood pressure. There are other disorders which can cause episodic blood pressure rises, and these your physician will systematically eliminate with tests and investigations. Some of these conditions do qualify for the term “cancer” in the sense that they seem to operate independently from the body’s normal control mechanisms. Please remember that these conditions are very rare, but they are treatable. The most important thing is that you are being investigated properly, and therefore should do very well.

Please let me know the result of the tests if you can – I really would be interested to follow this up with you.

Good luck,

HeartDoc
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