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Adrenal calcification

Adrenal calcification is not a rare finding in healthy asymptomatic people, and is usually the result of previous hemorrhage, or tuberculosis. Addison's disease patients only occasionally have calcification. 


Adrenal tumors

Radiographic features

This is best assessed on CT where simple adrenal calcification can also be differentiated from a calcified adrenal mass or lesion. CT also for simultaneous characterization of any underlying lesions with size, density, enhancement and washout.

In children neuroblastoma has reported as the commonest calcifying adrenal mass 4. In adults calcified simple cysts have been reported as common adrenal masses, characteristically showing peripheral curvilinear calcification.

Post-hemorrhage calcification is usually seen after the initial adrenal hematoma has resolved and, hence, is not usually seen with an adrenal lesion. However, adrenal metastases such as from bronchogenic tumors can present with hemorrhage, making the diagnosis challenging.

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