Pheochromocytoma

Common Name(s)

Pheochromocytoma

Pheochromocytomas are rare tumors of the adrenal glands, which are located right above the kidneys. Although they are usually not cancerous (benign), pheochromocytomas often cause the adrenal glands to make too many stress hormones called epinephrines and norepinephrines. This can lead to high blood pressure and cause symptoms such as severe headaches, irritability, sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, weakness, chest pain, and a feeling of anxiety. Rarely, this kind of tumor occurs outside the adrenal gland, usually somewhere in the abdomen, and are called extra-adrenal pheochromocytomas or paragangliomas. Pheochromocytomas can occur in certain familial genetic syndromes.
 

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VHL Family Alliance

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Last Updated: 15 Oct 2012

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Pheochromocytoma" for support, advocacy or research.

VHL Family Alliance

Dedicated to improving diagnosis, treatment, and life quality for individuals and families affected by von Hippel-Lindau disease and funding research to uncover a cure.

http://www.vhl.org

Last Updated: 15 Oct 2012

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Pheochromocytoma" returned 511 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Large B-cell lymphoma mimicking adrenal pheochromocytoma.
 

Author(s): Selahattin Çalışkan, Esin Yencilek

Journal: Indian J. Med. Res.. 2013 ;138():276.

 

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2013

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Laparoscopic adrenalectomy of a large pheochromocytoma in a multiple endocrine neoplasia-2A patient with renal agenesis.
 

Author(s): Hai-dong Wang, Gui-zhong Li, Jian-wei Wang, Ning Liu, Feng He, Li-bo Man

Journal: Chin. Med. J.. 2013 ;126(15):2996.

 

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2013

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Benign pheochromocytoma presented 6 years after kidney transplantation.
 

Author(s): Izzat A Alawwa, Ayman Wahbeh

Journal: Iran J Kidney Dis. 2013 Jul;7(4):323-5.

 

Hypertension is very common in kidney transplant patients; however, severe and resistant cases should raise suspicion of secondary causes. Pheochromocytomas are rare but serious tumors because of their lethal hypertensive and possible malignant nature. The diagnosis is occasionally ...

Last Updated: 24 Jul 2013

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The terms "Pheochromocytoma" returned 69 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Comparison of metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy with positron emission tomography in the diagnostic work-up of pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): V Rufini, G Treglia, P Castaldi, G Perotti, A Giordano

Journal: Q J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2013 Jun;57(2):122-33.

 

The aim of this paper was to systematically review published data about the comparison of radiolabelled metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy and positron emission tomography (PET) with different radiopharmaceuticals in patients with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma (Pheo/PGL).

Last Updated: 4 Jul 2013

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Gallium-68 DOTANOC imaging in paraganglioma/pheochromocytoma: presentation of sample cases and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): E Lopci, L Zanoni, S Fanti, V Ambrosini, M R Castellani, C Aktolun, A Chiti

Journal: Q J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2013 Jun;57(2):134-45.

 

Gallium-68 DOTANOC is a high affinity somatostatin receptor ligand, first introduced in 2005 for imaging neuroendocrine tumors. Due to its technically simple production, broad availability, favourable biodistribution and advantageous dosimetry, although not approved yet in all European ...

Last Updated: 4 Jul 2013

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Retroperitoneal composite pheochromocytoma-ganglioneuroma : a case report and review of literature.
 

Author(s): Jinchen Hu, Jitao Wu, Li Cai, Lei Jiang, Zhiqiang Lang, Guimei Qu, Houcai Liu, Weidong Yao, Guohua Yu

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Composite pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma is a rare tumor with elements of pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma and neurogenic tumor. Most were located in the adrenal glands, and extra-adrenal composite pheochromocytoma is extremely rare. Only 4 cases in the retroperitoneum have been described ...

Last Updated: 22 May 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Dovitinib in Neuroendocrine Tumors
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Advanced Metastatic Paraganglioma; Advanced Metastatic Pheochromocytoma; Recurrent Paraganglioma; Recurrent Pheochromocytoma; Unresectable Paraganglioma; Unresectable Pheochromocytoma

 

Last Updated: 26 Feb 2013

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Specificity of Elevated Plasma EM66 Levels in Pheochromocytoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pheochromocytoma; Paraganglioma; Essential Hypertension

 

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2013

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Study Of Sunitinib In Patients With Recurrent Paraganglioma/Pheochromocytoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Paraganglioma; Pheochromocytoma

 

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2013

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