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will pheochromocytoma kill me?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: If not properly diagnosed and treated appropriately, it can kill you. This is a special disease. You should have an endocrinologist on the case and need to use surgical team who are experienced in treating this disorder.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Do you have one?: These are killers if neglected. You'll either have a hemorrhagic stroke, or become demented from the wild changes in blood pressure, or have your heart muscle fail from the excess catecholamines, or get heart failure from hypertension. None of these are pleasant. If you are offered surgery, take it.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

is there any difference between a paraganglioma and a pheochromocytoma?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Paraganglioma def:: A rare, usually benign tumor that develops from cells of the paraganglia. Paraganglia are a collection of cells that came from embryonic nervous tissue, and are found near the adrenal glands and some blood vessels and nerves. Paragangliomas that develop in the adrenal gland are called pheochromocytomas. Those that develop outside of the adrenal glands near blood vessels or nerves are glomus tumors.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Are there any medications I should avoid if I have pheochromocytoma?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Monoamino oxidase inhibitors, aged cheeses, decongestants, Cocaine and its derivatives to include some.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the actual symptoms of pheochromocytoma?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Blood pressure: High blood pressure (which may be episodic) is usually present. Other common symptoms are headache, a feeling of pounding from the blood pressure, palpitations, anxiety, etc. These are all common symptoms - pheochromocytomas occur in less than 1 in 1000 people.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Where are pheochromocytoma found?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Adrenal gland: Pheochromocytoma is a tumor that produces catecholamine hormones like Adrenalin which cause elevated blood pressure. The tumor is usually found in the adrenal gland. Occasionally, the tumor is found in other locations in the body.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does pheochromocytoma manifest neurological symptoms?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Common neurological symptoms of pheochromocytoma include abnormal skin sensations (e.g. Electrical or numbness), anxiety, and headache. Most other symptoms are cardiovascular and endocrine.

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