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What is the difference between malignant and benign pheochromocytoma?

What is the difference between malignant and benign pheochromocytoma?

Prognosis: Majority of pheochromocytomas are benign only about 10 % are malignant, one third ( 30 % ) out side adrenal gland tumors are malignant. With 50 % 5 yr survival, also show elivated levels of chromogranin a ...Read more

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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 ?Will cure malignant pheochromocytoma?

Surgery: Hopefully it can be diagnosed before it has spread, most are diagnosed by a good history and physical exam that may show difficult to control HTN , ct scan which shows an adrenal mass, and blood and/ or urine studies to confirm the diagnoses. These adrenal tumors can be removed by either the laparoscopic or open surgery approach. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between a paraganglioma and a pheochromocytoma?

Very similar: The two are closely related and both originate from the same kind of cell (chromaffin cells) but pheochromocytomas secrete catecholamines (adrenalin and noradrenalin) while paragangliomas generally do not. ...Read more

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 is there any difference between a paraganglioma and a pheochromocytoma?

Yes: Paraganglioma is usually treated surgically and does not make any substances that cause side effects..Like a pheo does...These tumors reak havoc on the person raising blood pressure, heart rate, etc and are sometimes very hard to locate. ...Read more

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Difference between pheochromocytoma vs. General anxiety disorder?

Big difference: A pheochromocytoma is a serious, but rare, tumor which secretes Adrenalin type of hormones. Anxiety is one of many symptoms. Patients with pheos are treated by endocrinologists and specialized surgeons. An anxiety disorder is a mood disorder diagnosed when other medical causes of anxiety are ruled out. It is often treated by a mental health professional or primary care provider. ...Read more

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What is the difference between malignant and benign cancers?

What is the difference between malignant and benign cancers?

Cancer: There are benign tumors (grow but don't spread) and malignant tumors (grow and spread to other parts). These last ones are cancers. There is no such thing as a benign cancer even though some behave less aggressively than others. ...Read more

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What is the difference between benign tertian and malignant tertian malaria?

What is the difference between benign tertian and malignant tertian malaria?

VivaxAndPlasmodium: Benign Tertian Malaria also called tertian Malaria is Vivax Malaria in which paroxysms recur every third day and are induced by macrozites and their invasion of new red blood cells Plasmodium Tetian also called Falciparum Malaria is characterized by malarial paroxysm of severe form every 48 hours with acute cerebral,renal and gastrointestinal complcations in severe cases ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

Ability to spread: "malignant" generally implies the tumor has the ability to spread through out the body, and is therefore usually a more serious threat to patient. "benign" means unlikely to spread and/or grows slowly (indolent), although it may have the ability to come back (locally recur) after surgical removal or treatment, usually in the same place or near where it started. Less of a threat to patient. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in terms of how it looks or feels?

What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in terms of how it looks or feels?

You can't: A tissue biopsy is the best way. The pathologist will look at it and based on its characteristic can differentiate between both. ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more