Pheochromocytoma

Common Name(s)

Pheochromocytoma, Adrenal gland tumor

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

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National Adrenal Diseases Foundation (NADF)

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation informs, educates, and supports those with adrenal disease and their families to improve their quality of life.

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2014

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Pheo Para Alliance

To provide a resource to patients, healthcare providers and researchers that offers value. To "spread the word" about Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma and to help educate and provide knowledge that assists in the search for a cure...

Last Updated: 10 Feb 2015

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VHL Alliance

VHLA is dedicated to research, education, and support to improve awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by VHL.

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2015

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

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National Adrenal Diseases Foundation (NADF)

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation informs, educates, and supports those with adrenal disease and their families to improve their quality of life.

http://www.nadf.us

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2014

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Pheo Para Alliance

To provide a resource to patients, healthcare providers and researchers that offers value. To "spread the word" about Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma and to help educate and provide knowledge that assists in the search for a cure...

http://www.pheo-para-alliance.org

Last Updated: 10 Feb 2015

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VHL Alliance

VHLA is dedicated to research, education, and support to improve awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by VHL.

http://www.vhl.org

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2015

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Pheochromocytoma" returned 734 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Left Ventricular Noncompaction Combined With Epinephrine-Secreted Pheochromocytoma Inducing Heart Failure.
 

Author(s): Ling Han, Jing-Gang Luo, Xin Chen, Wen-Ze Hu, Li-Wei Chen, Xiao-Ming Xin, Ming Yang, Jun Duan, Feng-Jun Zou, Xu Teng, Yong-Fen Qi

Journal: Int Heart J. 2016 ;57(2):254-7.

 

Pheochromocytomas and left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) are both rare diseases. In this patient, the long duration of the catecholamine-secreted pheochromocytoma caused myocardial ischemia, pressure overload, and hypertrophy, resulting in the onset of heart failure (HF). The LVNC ...

Last Updated: 23 Mar 2016

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Hypertensive emergency due to pheochromocytoma crisis complicated with refractory hemodynamic collapse.
 

Author(s): Mert İlker Hayıroğlu, Özlem Yıldırımtürk, Mehmet Bozbay, Mehmet Eren, Seçkin Pehlivanoğlu

Journal: Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2015 Dec;43(8):727-9.

 

Hypertensive emergency usually appears in older patients with previous recurrent episodes, and is among the most frequent admissions to emergency departments. A 29-year-old woman was referred to our clinic with the diagnosis of hypertensive emergency. The patient complained of severe ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 2015

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Cushing Syndrome Due to ACTH-Secreting Pheochromocytoma, Aggravated by Glucocorticoid-Driven Positive-Feedback Loop.
 

Author(s): Ikki Sakuma, Seiichiro Higuchi, Masanori Fujimoto, Tomoko Takiguchi, Akitoshi Nakayama, Ai Tamura, Takashi Kohno, Eri Komai, Akina Shiga, Hidekazu Nagano, Naoko Hashimoto, Sawako Suzuki, Takafumi Mayama, Hisashi Koide, Katsuhiko Ono, Hironobu Sasano, Ichiro Tatsuno, Koutaro Yokote, Tomoaki Tanaka

Journal: J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.. 2016 Mar;101(3):841-6.

 

Pheochromocytoma is a catecholamine-producing tumor that originates from adrenal chromaffin cells and is capable of secreting various hormones, including ACTH.

Last Updated: 4 Mar 2016

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The terms "Pheochromocytoma" returned 98 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Acute and Chronic Pheochromocytoma-Induced Cardiomyopathies: Different Prognoses?: A Systematic Analytical Review.
 

Author(s): Marie Batisse-Lignier, Bruno Pereira, Pascal Motreff, Romain Pierrard, Christelle Burnot, Charles Vorilhon, Salwan Maqdasy, Béatrice Roche, Francoise Desbiez, Guillaume Clerfond, Bernard Citron, Jean-René Lusson, Igor Tauveron, Romain Eschalier

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Dec;94(50):e2198.

 

Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma (PPG) are rare and late-diagnosed catecholamine secreting tumors, which may be associated with unrecognized and/or severe cardiomyopathies. We performed a computer-assisted systematic search of the electronic Medline databases using the MESH terms ...

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2015

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MANAGEMENT OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE: Outcome of adrenal sparing surgery in heritable pheochromocytoma.
 

Author(s): F Castinetti, D Taieb, J F Henry, M Walz, C Guerin, T Brue, B Conte-Devolx, H P H Neumann, F Sebag

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2016 Jan;174(1):R9-18.

 

The management of hereditary pheochromocytoma has drastically evolved in the last 20 years. Bilateral pheochromocytoma does not increase mortality in MEN2 or von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) mutation carriers who are followed regularly, but these mutations induce major morbidities if total ...

Last Updated: 20 Nov 2015

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15 YEARS OF PARAGANGLIOMA: Pheochromocytoma, paraganglioma and genetic syndromes: a historical perspective.
 

Author(s): Tobias Else

Journal: Endocr. Relat. Cancer. 2015 Aug;22(4):T147-59.

 

The last decades have elucidated the genetic basis of pheochromocytoma (PC) and paraganglioma (PGL) (PCPGL)-associated hereditary syndromes. However, the history of these syndromes dates back at least another 150 years. Detailed descriptions by clinicians and pathologists in the 19th ...

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2015

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Study Of Sunitinib In Patients With Recurrent Paraganglioma/Pheochromocytoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Paraganglioma; Pheochromocytoma

 

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2016

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Diagnosis of Pheochromocytoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pheochromocytoma

 

Last Updated: 4 Jun 2016

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Compassionate Use of 131I-MIBG for Patients With Malignant Pheochromocytoma
 

Status: Available

Condition Summary: Pheochromocytoma; Paraganglioma

 

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2014

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