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Dr. Richard Orr
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Pheochromocytoma (Overview)

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 a racing heart beat.


Dr. Richard Orr
495 doctors shared insights

Pheochromocytoma (Overview)

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 a racing heart beat.


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What are the symptoms of pheochromocytomas?

What are the symptoms of pheochromocytomas?

Blood pressure: Symptoms of pheochromocytoma may be very hard to control high blood pressure, may have intermittent spikes in high blood pressure, fast heart rate, sweating, intermittent severe headaches. It is an abnormal growth of the adrenal gland, and identified by blood tests for certain hormone level & can be seen on ct scan. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a pheochromocytoma?

What are the signs of a pheochromocytoma?

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 more

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What are the different diagnosis of pheochromocytoma?

What are the different diagnosis of pheochromocytoma?

Pheo: This is a rare but dangerous condition. Make sure the diagnosis was made correctly. You should already have an endocrinologist on the team if you were diagnose with this. Differential diagnosis include: drug side effects (legal and illegal), drug withdrawal (legal or illegal), carcinoids, hyperthyroidism, macrocytosis, insulinoma, panic attacks, labile essential hypertension, anxiety disorders... ...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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Can a CT test miss a pheochromocytoma?

Can a CT test miss a pheochromocytoma?

Could : Yes. Depends on location. Blood and urine tests are better. See an endocrinologist www.Drlugo.Com. ...Read more

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Why are there so many different types of tests for pheochromocytoma, and which ones should I have performed?

Why are there so many different types of tests for pheochromocytoma, and which ones should I have performed?

Two major types: Plasma-free catecholamines (epinephrine and norepinephrine) and metanephrines (metabolites of catecholamines) can be measured after an 'attack' of pheochromocytoma, using a blood sample. This is a very useful test, simple to collect. Alternatively, 24-hour urine testing for catechol and metaneph can also be helpful after an 'attack'. Other testing using drugs are complicated and rarely needed. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have pheochromocytoma (adrenal gland tumour)?

Laboratory tests: There are symptoms commonly associated with a pheochromocytoma and there are specific tests of the blood and urine (metanephrines and catecholamines) that can indicate or suggest the presence or absence of a pheochromocytoma. ...Read more

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Can a pheochromocytoma cause an isquemic and transitory attack?

Pheo: Yes. A pheochromocytoma can cause a very high spike in blood pressure, which can cause a TIA (transient ischemic attack), or a mini-stroke, or a major stroke, or a heart attack, etc. It can be very dangerous. A pheo is a rather rare disorder, but if you have it, you need attention right away. ...Read more

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I have many of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Does this mean that I have it? 

I have many of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Does this mean that I have it? 

Get tested: If you have many symptoms of pheochromocytoma, you should see your doctor to get it tested. The workup is complicated but it usually starts with 24 urine test and/or blood test. These tests are very good and if they come back normal (despite you still having symptoms), then it's unlikely that you have pheochromocytoma and it's time to look at other possible causes. ...Read more

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