pheochromocytoma
PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA
Pheochromocytoma is a rare adrenal gland tumor that may precipitate life-threatening hypertension.
It can occur at any age but usually occurs during young to mid-adult life.
Majority of patients presents with ≥1 of the following hypertension resistant to standard antihypertensive treatment, hypertensive crisis with malignant hypertension, hypertensive encephalopathy, aortic dissection, or myocardial infarction and paroxysmal symptoms which suggest seizure disorder, anxiety attacks or hyperventilation.

Follow Up

  • Measure catecholamine excretion 1-2 wk after surgery
    • Ensures complete tumor removal
  • Catecholamine excretion should be measured yrly or more often if symptoms reappear
  • Genetic testing should be considered in patients w/ pheochromocytoma to determine presence of disease-causing germ-line mutations, mutations that may lead to metastatic diseases & to identify possible risk of inheritance
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