Case Report:  Adrenal Tumor 

Weedle, an 11-year old neutered male Turkish Van, was referred to the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia by his regular veterinarian for inappropriate urination, increasing aggressiveness toward his housemate, and jowls that looked like an intact male cat.

Weedle’s urinalysis showed no signs of infection, the specific gravity (which can indicate kidney issues) was normal, as was his bloodwork.  The next step was an ultrasound examination. 

Upon ultrasound examination Dr. Deppe discovered a peanut shaped mass on Weedle’s left adrenal gland.  The adrenal glands are located above each kidney.  They secrete different hormones which are involved in many essential biological functions.

Dr. Deppe suspected that this tumor was causing the adrenal gland to secrete testosterone which was responsible for the inappropriate urination, aggressiveness toward his housemate, and the development of the tom cat jowls.  Dr. Deppe ordered a testosterone level blood test and, as he suspected, the testosterone level was ten times what it should have been.

Weedle was then transferred to the Surgical Division.  Dr. Bradley was able to successfully remove the adrenal gland and the attached tumor. It was submitted to a laboratory for histopathology.  Fortunately the tumor came back as a benign adrenocortical adenoma.

Mom reports that Weedle is doing very well and slowly returning to his old neutered cat ways!