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Can a pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma produce important psychiatric symptoms or not?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Pheochromocytoma: Pheochromocytoma is a tumor of adrenal gland. It can cause psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety feeling of extreme fright i also has medical symptoms. Please see an endocriniologist for your condition.
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, rapid speech and thinking, racing thoughts, hypomanic behavior, all symptoms of noradrenergic and adrenergic hyperactive state.
Nov 9, 2013
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Pheochromocytoma: The high level of neurotransmitters in cases of pheochromocytoma may produce a "manic-like" episode in persons who are not suffering of bipolar disorder. They would experience insomnia, restlessness, hyperactivity, irritability, anger, rapid speech and thinking, lack of restrained erratic behavior, aggression or violence, as well as symptoms like hypertension, tachycardia, arrhythmia, etc.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston commented
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Anxiety
Nov 9, 2013
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Provided original answer
Thank you for the comment. Anxiety and fear might be the earliest and most disabling of all symptoms in those cases.
Nov 9, 2013
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Two questions:: Pheochromocytoma (formed in the medulla of the adrenal gland) can cause irritability, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and tremors. Paraganglionoma (forms outside the adrenal gland). It can cause insomnia, nervousness, panic and the psychiatric symptoms that can occur especially with high or low blood sugar. Best wishes.

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