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Adrenal Gland Biopsy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

An adrenal gland biopsy is a procedure used to check for a mass, cyst, or other problems. A sample of tissue is taken from your adrenal gland. The adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys. They produce hormones that help regulate your blood pressure, immune system, and metabolism.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.

Call your surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You are bleeding from your biopsy site.
  • Your biopsy site is swollen, red, or draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Care for your biopsy area as directed:

Keep your biopsy area clean and dry. Ask your surgeon when you can bathe. Check for signs of infection, such as redness or swelling, every day.

Follow up with your surgeon as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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