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Doctor insights on: Medical Conditions Mimic Pheochromocytoma

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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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Can you tell me of other medical conditions that mimic a pheochromocytoma?

Yes, some: The typical symptoms of this condition are intermittent high BP which can cause headaches and episodes of anxiety. Either of these two conditions can cause concern and should be part of the differential diagnosis. Your physician should check and record your blood pressure on several(4-5 times) occasions before we can be sure that your BP is labile and needs further tests to rule out pheochromocyto. ...Read more

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What other conditions resemble pheochromocytoma, which includes high hormone levels consistently for 6 months?

What other conditions resemble pheochromocytoma, which includes high hormone levels consistently for 6 months?

High catacholamines: PHEO is a relatively rare condition and there is overstimulation from euro endocrine glands a marked rise in your BP and pulse is a common initial finding. It requires a proper workup with an internist , renal and endo will also be involved. There are other disorders of abnormal catecholamine release but you need a good workup and treatment ...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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