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What Specialist Treats Pheochromocytoma
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
What to do if I have pheochromocytoma. It has to do with the adrenaltell them that what to do if I have pheochromocytoma?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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