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What specialist treats a pheochromocytoma?

What specialist treats a pheochromocytoma?

Endo and surgeon: Pheochromocytomas need to be surgically removed, but the patient needs to be given certain types of blood pressure medications before hand. A surgeon experienced in pheos and an endocrinologist need to be part of your health care team. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Orr
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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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What is an episode of pheochromocytoma?

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

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What is an episode of pheochromocytoma?

Multiple: findings of tachycardia, elevated blood pressure, headache! Then flushing, chest pain, heart pain, torn aorta and more!! Medical emergency! ...Read more

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What is an episode of pheochromocytoma like?

Too much adrenaline: These are tumors of the adrenal gland which secrete hormones that basically raise blood pressure. Can have episodic very high blood pressure, fast heart rate, skin flushing, headaches. Easy to test for with blood or urine tests. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis with a pheochromocytoma?

Rare but deadly: Prognosis depends on how it's treated. Please find a team of physicians who are familiar and comfortable taking care of this problem: surgeon, anesthesiologist, endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How to know if I suffer from pheochromocytoma?

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

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How to tell if i suffer from pheochromocytoma?

Usual presentation: Is extreme hypertension. After that, you will need special blood tests for diagnosis. But this is a rare tumor, and other causes of hypertension are much much more common. ...Read more

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What kind of dr do you see for pheochromocytoma?

What kind of dr do you see for pheochromocytoma?

An endocrinologist: The work up of a possible pheochromocytoma should be the bread/butter of an endocrinologist, although a good general internal medicine doc would be a good substitute if an endo is not available. This tumor is rare. ...Read more

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What should we do if my son has pheochromocytoma?

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 more

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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. ...Read more

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Pheochromocytoma what kind of dr do u see for this?

Pheochromocytoma what kind of dr do u see for this?

For surgery: When it is time to have the tumor removed, some of these surgeries are done by urologists and others are done by general surgeons or endocrine-specific surgeons. ...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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What meds should I avoid taking having pheochromocytoma ?

Pheochromocytoma: This is a deadly disease and I specialize in it and happy to help you and team get it right by doing a 2nd opinion. Don't mess with it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pheochromocytoma?

Pheochromocytoma: Pheochromocytoma = a benign adrenal gland tumor. It releases hormones that can cause very high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pheochromocytoma. It has to do with the adrenaltell them that what to do if I have pheochromocytoma?

Pheochromocytoma: This is a deadly disease that can usually be cured. I specialize in it. Do2nd opinion so I can help you and your team. ...Read more

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Will pheochromocytoma kill me?

Do you have one?: These are killers if neglected. You'll either have a hemorrhagic stroke, or become demented from the wild changes in blood pressure, or have your heart muscle fail from the excess catecholamines, or get heart failure from hypertension. None of these are pleasant. If you are offered surgery, take it. ...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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Where is headache usually located with a pheochromocytoma?

Where is headache usually located with a pheochromocytoma?

Everywhere : headache from pheochromocytoma is similar to a combination of super bad migraine headache,bad vascular headache,and the worst tension headache that you have ever had. It is throbbing,feel like your head is going to blow up,and associated with a serious flushing. In the face and it could spread to the rest of the body.you do not get suspicious of pheochromocytoma from headache.you follow other sign ...Read more

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Question about the surgery for pheochromocytoma, is it risky?

Question about the surgery for pheochromocytoma, is it risky?

Risk: Like any other surgery it is associated with risk. Determining the risk is not possible without knowing the location and size of the tumor. In general, would recommend surgery be done by surgeon and center with experience in such procedures. You should talk to the surgeon for further information. ...Read more

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Does pheochromocytoma cause hairloss? Please, need some answers?

Does pheochromocytoma cause hairloss? Please, need some answers?

Why?: If you have a pheo, it must be resected so why does it matter? Believe me, hairloss is not diagnostic of a pheo! ...Read more

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Pheochromocytoma and DNA familial inheritence, what's the relation?

Rare: The incidence of pheochromocytoma is 3-8 per million. It's extremely rare. It can run in families - when this occurs, it's usually part of an inherited syndrome: multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 2A and 2B, neurofibromatosis type 1 and Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome. ...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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