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How do doctors differentiate pheochromocytoma vs. Panic?

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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Test hormone levels

The symptoms of pheochromocytoma are caused by the sudden release of adrenaline and similar hormones from the tumor. They can mimic panic attacks.
The best way to detect a pheo is my measuring the levels of the relevant hormones in blood and/or urine.

In brief: Test hormone levels

The symptoms of pheochromocytoma are caused by the sudden release of adrenaline and similar hormones from the tumor. They can mimic panic attacks.
The best way to detect a pheo is my measuring the levels of the relevant hormones in blood and/or urine.
Dr. Edward Hoffer
Dr. Edward Hoffer
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lab tests and image

The symptoms are similar between panic attacks and pheochromocytoma.
One way to distinguish them is to perform lab or urine tests looking for the excess hormones. If tests are positive, then we proceed with imaging study to find the tumor.

In brief: Lab tests and image

The symptoms are similar between panic attacks and pheochromocytoma.
One way to distinguish them is to perform lab or urine tests looking for the excess hormones. If tests are positive, then we proceed with imaging study to find the tumor.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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