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Signs and Symptoms

For Parents and Patients


In children, the most common symptoms of adrenocortical tumors (ACT) happen when the tumor cells make too many male hormones called androgens. Making too many androgens often causes signs of male puberty (changing into a man), such as:

In addition to androgens, almost half of children with ACT make too much of other types of hormone, such as cortisol, estrogen and aldosterone. In addition to signs of male puberty, they might have:

In rare cases, stomach pain or discomfort is the main symptom of ACT in a child.