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Will pheochromocytoma kill me?

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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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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