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Pheochromocytoma (Definition)

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

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

Not necessarily: Pheochromocytoma is very, very rare, but shares some symptoms with much more common illnesses that may or may not be dangerous, including panic attacks, hyperthyroidism, and some abnormal heart rhythms, among others. It takes a detailed history by a clinician, and sometimes blood or urine testing, to narrow down a diagnosis.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pheochromocytoma was ruled out. Still have all the symptoms. Also BP dips low and I pass out. What's the next step?

Pheochromocytoma was ruled out. Still have all the symptoms. Also BP dips low and I pass out. What's the next step?

More tests: Unfortunately you have a complex problems, cause of sudden fall of BP, and syncopal attacks, your doctor (s) will do series of tests evaluating your blood vessels, various hormone levels, hormone producing tumors etc, will find the cause and cure you, be patient good luck.

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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.

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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.

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Can pheochromocytoma manifest neurological symptoms?

Pheochromocytoma: Pheochromocytoma is a tumor of the adrenal gland that secretes hormones that cause hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. The symptoms include elevated blood pressure, anxiety, weight loss, and excess perspiration., .

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Does pheochromocytoma manifest neurological symptoms?

Does pheochromocytoma manifest neurological symptoms?

Yes: Common neurological symptoms of pheochromocytoma include abnormal skin sensations (e.g. Electrical or numbness), anxiety, and headache. Most other symptoms are cardiovascular and endocrine.

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Can smoking cigarettes bring on pheochromocytoma symptoms?

Can smoking cigarettes bring on pheochromocytoma symptoms?

To some degree: To define whether there is a functional pheo one draws blood levels of catacholamines which are expressed by and secreted into the serum by the tumor.Caffeine intake, cigarette smoking, and other sympathomimetic factors may increase catecholamine levels through the adrenergic receptors and should be discontinued for at least 24 hours before a blood sample is obtained.

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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.

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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.

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Can a pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma produce important psychiatric symptoms or not?

Can a pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma produce important psychiatric symptoms or not?

Pheochromocytoma: Pheochromocytoma is a tumor of adrenal gland. It can cause psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety feeling of extreme fright I also has medical symptoms. Please see an endocriniologist for your condition.

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Can a pheochromocytoma produce a dopamine excess syndrome, or symptoms of hormonal imbalance?

Yes Hormonal Excess: Pheochromnocytoma can be functional in which case it produces excess of adrenaline leading to high blood pressure and episodes of anxiety/nervousness. I do not think there is too much of Dopamine excess problem. You should get to see an endocrinologist. To help you out.