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The adrenal gland (glandula suprarenalis) is a paired organ located in the retroperitoneal space directly above the upper end of the corresponding kidney. Its mass is 12–13 g, length 40–60 mm, width 2–8 mm.

The adrenal gland has the form of a cone compressed from front to back, in which there are distinguished anterior, posterior and lower (renal) surfaces. Adrenal glands are located at the level of the XI — XII thoracic vertebrae. The right adrenal gland lies slightly below the left. The back surface of the right adrenal gland is adjacent to the lumbar part of the diaphragm, the front surface is in contact with the visceral surface of the liver and duodenum, and the lower concave with the upper end of the right kidney. The left adrenal anterior surface adjoins the tail of the pancreas, the cardiac part of the stomach, its posterior surface comes in contact with the diaphragm, and the lower surface - with the upper end of the left kidney.

The surface of the adrenal gland. On the anteromedial surface, a deep groove is visible — the organ's gate, through which the central vein and lymphatic vessels exit. Outside, the adrenal gland is covered with a fibrous capsule, which fuses tightly with the parenchyma and gives numerous connective tissue capsules deep into the gland. Under the fibrous capsule is a cortical substance (cortex), consisting of three zones. Outside, closer to the capsule, there is the glomerular zone, then - the middle, the widest tuft zone, and then the inner mesh area adjacent to the medulla.

In the adrenal cortex, hormones are produced under the general name corticosteroids. They are divided into two main groups: 1) glucocorticoids (corticosterone, cortisol, hydrocortisol, and cortisone), which are formed in the bundle zone; 2) mineralocorticoids (aldosterone) secreted by the glomerular cells of the cortex. In addition, in the adrenal cortex, mainly in the reticular zone, a small amount of male genital substances, similar in structure and function to the hormones androgens, as well as estrogens and progesterone, are secreted.

In the central part of the adrenal gland is located the medulla formed by large cells, which are stained by chromium salts in a yellow-brown color. There are two types of these cells: epinefrocytes - make up the bulk and secrete adrenaline and norepinefrocytes - produce norepinephrine.

Glucocorticoids have a different effect on metabolism.
They stimulate the synthesis of glycogen from glucose and proteins and the deposition of glycogen in the muscles, while raising the level of glucose in the blood; significantly affect cellular and humoral immunity, have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Especially clearly observed changes in the concentration of glucocorticoids under stress. According to the theory of stress, G. Selye identifies three of his phases: anxiety, resistance, and devastation. Stress-reaction can pass without a trace, if the influence is not very strong; with its repetition, adaptation to this stimulus is possible. If the stress is very intense, then all the glucocorticosteroids in the adrenal cortex may be devastated and destroyed.

Changes in the concentration of glucocorticoids both upward (hyperfunction) and downward (hypofunction) leads to serious disturbances in the body. As a result of increased secretion of cortisol, obesity, enhanced protein breakdown (catabolic effect), water retention, hypertension, etc. are observed. When the adrenal cortex function is insufficient, and the production of corticosteroids is reduced, Addison's disease occurs. It is characterized by bronze coloring of the body, increased fatigue, hypotension, weakness of the heart muscle, etc.

Mineralocorticoids (aldosterone) regulate the exchange of Na + and K4, acting mainly on the kidneys. With an excess of the hormone, the concentration of Na4 'increases and IC decreases in the blood, its osmotic pressure increases, water in the body is retained, and blood pressure rises. Deficit hormone leads to a decrease in the level of Na + in the blood and tissues and to an increase in the level of K ^. The loss of Na + is accompanied by the removal of fluid from the tissues - dehydration.

Adrenaline affects the cardiovascular system: increases blood pressure, heart rate and strength, dilates the vessels of skeletal muscles, smooth muscles of the bronchi. In addition, it increases the content of glucose in the blood, enhances the oxidative processes in the cells. The release of adrenaline in the blood occurs under the action of the sympathetic nervous system.

Norepinephrine helps to maintain the tone of the blood vessels, is involved in the transfer of excitation from sympathetic nerve fibers to the injected organs.
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