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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
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
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 more
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
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
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
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
Yes: Monoamino oxidase inhibitors, aged cheeses, decongestants, Cocaine and its derivatives to include some. ...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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pheochromocytoma: Adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma is performed most commonly for problems with blood pressure and heart rate. Although blood pressure is affected by the pheochromocytoma, there are other causes for increased blood pressure. However, blood pressure is generally much easier to manage after the pheochromocytoma is removed. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is almost always possible. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor.: Those are both serious conditions. You should talk to your doctor before taking anything. You should probably see an endocrinologist. ...Read more
I had a pheochromocytoma removed year and a half ago. I am frequently having pain in the kidney are, more often in the afternoon and evening.
Exam needed: This symptom warrants an examination by your surgeon and appropriate tests and scans will be ordered with special attention to the site of your previous surgery. If fever, chills, or sweats are present an abscess would be a possibility. In any event I believe your surgeon would want to be informed of your symptoms. ...Read more
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