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Adrenocortical carcinoma is a very rare tumor that grows from a gland that is located on top of the kidney – the adrenal gland. This gland normally produces hormones that help to keep our body in balance. When a tumor grows from this gland, it may also produce these hormones, but at an increased rate. For this reason children with this tumor may present with a variety of signs due to excess of hormone production. Some of these signs may simulate puberty – axillaries and pubic hair, increase in the size of the genitals, changing in the voice, etc. It is also common that the child's appetite will increase his/her appetite and his/her weight.
To learn more about adrenocortical carcinoma, see the International Pediatric Adrenocortical Tumor Registry (IPACTR).
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