Benign adrenal lesions mimicking malignancy on MR imaging: report of two cases.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Two cases of nonmalignant adrenal masses with prolonged T2 relaxation time and increased adrenal/liver signal ratios are reported. These two cases, one a functioning adenoma with small areas of hemorrhage and the other tuberculosis, emphasize that increased signal intensity in an adrenal mass on T2-weighted images is not always due to malignancy or a pheochromocytoma. While the signal characteristics of an adrenal mass are useful in distinguishing malignancy or pheochromocytoma from benign adenomas, other studies (such as computed tomography for the detection of hemorrhage), clinical evaluation, and percutaneous biopsy remain useful in the investigation of an adrenal mass.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baker, ME; Spritzer, C; Blinder, R; Herfkens, RJ; Leight, GS; Dunnick, NR

Published Date

  • June 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 163 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 669 - 671

PubMed ID

  • 3575711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-8419

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1148/radiology.163.3.3575711


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States