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Case Report  |   May 1993
Hemorrhagic adrenal cyst
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Case Report   |   May 1993
Hemorrhagic adrenal cyst
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1993, Vol. 93, 619. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.5.619
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1993, Vol. 93, 619. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.5.619
Abstract

Adrenal cysts are uncommon. They may be fatal if they hemorrhage and are not rapidly diagnosed. Most adrenal cysts are small and asymptomatic. When they are symptomatic, it is usually because the cyst has enlarged, causing flank discomfort, gastrointestinal complaints, and hemorrhage. Occasionally, a palpable mass may be found. It is thought that hemorrhage occurs secondary to trauma or some toxic or infectious process. The author describes a case in which a previously healthy man had a sudden hemorrhage within a benign adrenal cyst with infarction of the kidney. A discussion of adrenal cysts follows.