Imaging of nontraumatic adrenal hemorrhage

Eric Jordan, Liina Poder, Jesse Courtier, Victor Sai, Adam Jung, Fergus V. Coakley

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this pictorial essay is to review the imaging findings of acute, chronic, and tumor-related nontraumatic adrenal hemorrhage. CONCLUSION. Rapid development or evolution of a nonenhancing adrenal mass or masses with an adreniform shape or high T1 signal intensity on MR images of a patient under stress or with a bleeding diathesis, including anticoagulant use, suggests acute adrenal hemorrhage. Chronic hemorrhage appears as a thin-walled pseudocyst or atrophy. Imaging findings that may indicate underlying tumor include intralesional calcification, enhancement, and hypermetabolic activity on PET images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W91-W98
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • CT
  • MRI
  • Nontraumatic adrenal hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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