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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 should avoid to do or eat or anything to reduce the possibility of a pheochromocytoma attack if I am untreated yet with medication?

What should avoid to do or eat or anything to reduce the possibility of a pheochromocytoma attack if I am untreated yet with medication?

not a lot: There is not a lot you can do. The attacks are unpredictable. The excess adrenaline comes from the adrenal. Foods high in tyramine may exacerbate the symptoms. This includes red wine, chocolate, cheese (esp fermented cheese). ...Read more

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What meds should I avoid taking having pheochromocytoma ?

Pheochromocytoma: This is a deadly disease and I specialize in it and happy to help you and team get it right by doing a 2nd opinion. Don't mess with it. ...Read more

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I have pheochromocytoma and addisons, and i want to take drugs again. What should I do?

Talk to your doctor.: Those are both serious conditions. You should talk to your doctor before taking anything. You should probably see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I am on several medications throughout the day for severe high blood pressure due to a pheochromocytoma. What can I do about extreme fatigue?

I am on several medications throughout the day for severe high blood pressure due to a pheochromocytoma. What can I do about extreme fatigue?

Wow: Hi. Has the pheo been resected yet? If not, your docs should be actively preparing for that. Is it on only one adrenal gland or on both, or haven't they determined that yet. Some of the BP meds before surgery can cause fatigue, dizziness, etc. Your BP regimen should get easier after successful surgery, allowing you to reduce/eliminate some BP drugs, which may help your fatigue. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is pheochromocytoma? 

Adrenal tumor: The classic triad presentation is headache, sweating and fast heart rate. Hypertension is the most common presentation. Not uncommonly the high blood pressure and high heart rate come in waves. May not be sustained, sometimes referred to as paroxsymal. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is a pheochromocytoma like?

See below: Pheochromocytoma is a tumor of the adrenal gland. These tumors release chemicals called catecholamines which can cause high blood pressure, headaches, sweating and palpitations and rapid heart beat. The condition sometimes runs in families. The tumor can be diagnosed with urine measurements of the catecholamines. Most tumors are benign and are cured by surgical removal. ...Read more

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How is pheochromocytoma treated? 

How is pheochromocytoma treated? 

Surgery: Remove it. Phentolamine and Phenoxybenzamine are medications that are often used preoperatively to temporarily control symptoms before it's resected. ...Read more

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Where are pheochromocytoma found?

Adrenal gland: This is associated with a mass or hyperplasia of the adrenal gland with elevation of your norepinephrine levels. ...Read more

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How is pheochromocytoma diagnosed?

How is pheochromocytoma diagnosed?

Options: Signs and symptoms are helpful. The 2 best tests for pheo are plasma fractionated metanephrines or 24 hrs urinary metanephrines and catecholamines. Once these are positive, imagine studies will be used to localize the tumor. ...Read more

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