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What's the best treatment to get rid of pheochromocytoma?

What's the best treatment to get rid of pheochromocytoma?

Surgery: A pheochromocytoma is a tumor that secretes excessive adrenal hormones, causing life-threatening spikes in blood pressure. Symptoms include sweating, palpitations, headaches, nausea and rapid increases in blood pressure. The definitive treatment is to remove the tumor, typically along with the adrenal gland in which it is growing. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Orr
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Pheochromocytoma (Definition)

Pheochromocytoma is a tumor of the adrenal gland. The adrenal glands are small organs that sit above the kidneys and secrete important hormones that are responsible for maintain body fluid and electrolyte levels and helps people respond to stress. A pheochromocytoma can cause the release of too much stress hormone such as epinephrine, leading to periodic increases in blood pressure, flushing, and ...Read more


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What are the possible treatments for pheochromocytoma and metastatic pheochromocytoma?

What are the possible treatments for pheochromocytoma and metastatic pheochromocytoma?

Many: A single area of pheochromocytoma can be removed surgically. Metastatic pheochromocytoma does not respond well to chemotherapy. Oral "targeted" therapies (one called sunitinib) are more effective. Some metastatic pheochromocytomas can be treated with a targeted injected form of radiation if the tumor expresses the target. Clinical trials are a good option for this tumor: www.Cancer.Gov. ...Read more

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What is treatment for pheochromocytoma?

What is treatment for pheochromocytoma?

Removal: In crisis, there are medications, but in the long run one needs to have the tumor removed. The good thing is that there are some really talented laparoscopists out there that can do this minimally invasively. ...Read more

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Why they say that it is dangerous to take beta blockers only and before alpha blockers in pheochromocytoma treatment? Is really life-threatening?

Why they say that it is dangerous to take beta blockers only and before alpha blockers in pheochromocytoma treatment? Is really life-threatening?

Yes, dangerous: Hi. Non-selective beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol) block beta-2 receptors, which mediate arterial relaxation. Pheos secrete epi and norepi, which activate alpha-1 and beta receptors. If you block vasodilatory beta-2's, then the arteries will see unopposed alpha-1 stimulation, which can cause a hypertensive crisis and stroke, death, etc. Block alpha-1 receptors first! ...Read more

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Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

No!: Galactosemia cannot be cured. But, you can take steps to prevent or minimize galactosemia symptoms and complications. The treatment is the strict avoidance of all sources of galactose. The most common source is lactose, which is the milk sugar that breaks down to galactose and glucose. Avoid: milk or milk by-products, fermented soy products, legumes, organ meats, & hydrolyzed protein. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

GERD treatments: Lifestyle changes such as avoiding trigger foods, caffeine, chocolate, tomato sauces. Weight loss. Tilting beds up with blocks underneath, avoiding tight clothes, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for psoriasis?

Are there any alternative treatments for psoriasis?

Hard to say: To my knowledge, there are no controlled clinical trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of alternative therapies for psoriasis. All of the evidence is anecdotal at best. Most of the things mentioned are probably safe to try. ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatments for dermatitis?

What are the alternative treatments for dermatitis?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for carotidynia?

Are there any alternative treatments for carotidynia?

Different types: Carotidynia is treated with mixed results based on cause. Some symptoms are inflammatory, others are associated with migraines, and others are caused by vascular disease. Sometimes no definable cause. Work with your doctor to find type and best treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for polymyositis?

Are there any alternative treatments for polymyositis?

Polymyositis (PM): There are many alternative treaments for polymyositis (pm). They are similar to the therapies use for other autoimmune diseases and include: oral steroids, intravenous immunoglobululins, tacrolimus (prograf) or biologic therapies such as embrel or rituxan (rituximab). ...Read more

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