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Does pheochromocytoma usually cause many symptoms?

Does pheochromocytoma usually cause many symptoms?

Hypertension: Pheochromocytoma may cause marked increase in blood pressure, hypertension. Hypertension may be episodic and severe. The symptoms depend on the severity of hypertension. ...Read more

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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Does pheochromocytoma cause neurological symptoms?

Yes: The most common neurological symptoms it causes is episodic headache, which means the headache comes and goes often. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pheochromocytoma? Can it cause taccycardia, weakness shakiness...

What are the symptoms of pheochromocytoma? Can it cause taccycardia, weakness shakiness...

Adrenaline surges: 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. Think of it as adrenaline surges. ...Read more

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Would pheochromocytomas cause episodes or attacks of symptoms or would the symptoms (tach, sob, sweating, elevated bp, dizzy, flushed) be constant?

Generally episodic: Initially the symptoms are episodic but may become constant. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pheochromocytoma/basics/symptoms/CON-20030435 ...Read more

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Can ANS dysfunction/damage cause symptoms similar to a pheochromocytoma (including elevated urine epinephrine)?

Can ANS dysfunction/damage cause symptoms similar to a pheochromocytoma (including elevated urine epinephrine)?

Similar symptoms: Patients with Postural Orthostasis Tachycardia Syndrome(POTS) can exhibit many of the same symptoms as pheochromocytoma: palpitations, anxiety, tremor etc. This is because both conditions cause a hyper-adrenergic state. Epinephrine may be elevated but likely less than in pheochromocytoma. Increased norepinephrine on standing is the key finding in POTS. SEE: http://bit.ly/17qibWZ ...Read more

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Can pheochromocytoma cause restlessness, sleep problems and brain fog among other symptoms?

Can pheochromocytoma cause restlessness, sleep problems and brain fog among other symptoms?

Rare happens rarely: The most common symptom of a pheo is high blood pressure; tho sometimes this even is not present. Classically pheo presents with headaches, sweating and rapid heart rate, but insomnia and restlessness can occur; I hesitate in using the word "common" w/ pheo, as most docs will go an entire career and never see a case. Other, more frequently seen conditions should be checked for first. ...Read more

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What are the actual symptoms of pheochromocytoma? 

What are the actual symptoms of pheochromocytoma? 

Varies: The following are commonly seen with pheo: sustained or periodic elevation of BP in 85% headache in 90% generalized sweating 60% most patients do not have all three and there is a general trend to finding these tumors earlier and smaller therefore less symptomatic than the the pheos of yesteryear. ...Read more

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