Adrenal Disorder Specialist

Elk Medical

Saka Kazeem, MD

Endocrinology located in Brooklyn, NY

Addison’s disease, Cushing syndrome, and other adrenal disorders can cause crippling symptoms and can put your general health at risk. Fortunately, Saka Kazeem, MD, and his professional team at Elk Medical are experts in treating complex adrenal gland disorders. Serving the community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in New York City, Elk Medical offers personalized care for adrenal disorders. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or make an appointment online.

Adrenal Disorder Q & A

What are the adrenal glands?

On top of each of your kidneys sits a small, triangle-shaped gland that produces several kinds of hormones, including adrenaline, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Your adrenal glands regulate your body’s essential physical functions like:

  • Blood sugar
  • Immune system response
  • Blood pressure
  • Metabolism
  • Sexual function

Disorders of the adrenal glands can cause them to produce too much or too little hormones. This can lead to crippling symptoms and serious health complications.

What are the symptoms of adrenal disorder?

The broad range of adrenal gland disorders means that the symptoms of an adrenal disorder can vary. Some common adrenal disorders that Dr. Kazeem at Elk Medical has extensive experience treating include:

Addison’s disease

Addison’s disease, also called primary adrenal insufficiency, occurs when your adrenals can’t produce enough cortisol and certain steroid hormones. Symptoms of Addison’s disease include:

  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue

Addison’s disease can also cause areas of your skin to darken.

Cushing’s syndrome

Cushing syndrome involves an overproduction of cortisol. Symptoms associated with Cushing’s syndrome include:

  • Weight gain in the face, upper back, and abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Easy bruising
  • High blood pressure

Cushing syndrome can increase your risk of diabetes and other health complications.

Pheochromocytoma

Pheochromocytoma is a tumor of the adrenal gland that causes overproduction of adrenaline and other hormones. Usually benign, pheochromocytoma primarily causes high or low blood pressure. Other symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety

Because so many types of adrenal disorders exist, an accurate diagnosis makes a big difference in providing effective treatment.

Which treatment options can address adrenal disorders?

Dr. Kazeem has expertise in diagnosing adrenal disorders. Once he determines the exact cause of your symptoms, he designs a personalized care plan to address the cause of your condition and improve your symptoms.

Your custom treatment plan can include:

  • Oral medications
  • Hormone therapy
  • Minimally invasive or traditional surgery
  • Radiation therapy

Your treatment plan can also include medication or procedures to address non-adrenal health conditions that can contribute to your adrenal disorder.

You can trust Dr. Kazeem and his team at Elk Medical for exceptional, evidence-based care of your adrenal disorder. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Elk Medical today or request an appointment online.