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How Is Pheochromocytoma Diagnosed
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
How is a pheochromocytoma diagnosed? I've had abdominal ultrasound in december-clear, routine blood work is normal should I proceed with further tests?
Pheochromocytoma: If you have symptoms of a pheochromcytoma (p), computed tomography (ct) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have higher sensitivity in detecting p's than does nuclear medicine scanning. Ask your physician to order on of those tests for you and you may arrive a a diagnosis of a p. This will allow you to have a treatment plan for it. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have blood count with differential could they help reveal or diagnose a pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma?
No: A blood count with a differential reveals the make up of the WBC system indicating the total white blood cell count, how many are polys and how many lymphocytes. To define the presence of a pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma which are adrenal lesions, one has to measure products derived from adrenal tissue, that is the adrenal like substances that are vASOActive. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormone release: Pheochromocytoma (PCC) is a rare tumor of adrenal gland tissue. When functional they cause adrenal glands to make too much norepinephrine and epinephrine. With hormone release there are usually has three classic symptoms, headache, sweating, and heart palpitations in association with hypertension. Other conditions that can arise are anxiety, nausea, profound sweating and severe headaches : ...Read more
Pheochromocytoma: There are whole books written about the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Classics are hypertension, headache, hyper metabolism, hyperhidrosis, and hyper heart rate. Some will have cafe-au-lait spots. Some will have neurofibromatosis. You can google these images and see if you have them. This is a deadly disease that I specialize in and happy to do 2nd opinion to help you and your team . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms of norepine: Most pheochomocytomas are small and under 10 cm. Occassionally they reach very large sizes growing into adjacent organs like liver. Initially symptoms are frequently not present or are very mild like sweating or rapid pulse. When full outpouring of nor epinephrine and related products are produced blood pressure may bet out of control. ...Read more
Team approach: This is a rare but dangerous condition. Make sure the diagnosis was made correctly. You should already have an endocrinologist on the team. Choose a surgeon who has experience in doing these surgeries and make sure the anesthesiologist is also experienced with this surgery as well. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers