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.

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Last Updated: 15 Oct 2012

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Pheochromocytoma" returned 527 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Evaluation of urinary metanephrines for the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma].
 

Author(s): A Bachali Belhadj, E Cherif Miladi, S Bahri, A Chaabane, H Lamouchi, K Khiari, N Khalfallah, S Ben Ammar

Journal: Tunis Med. 2013 Dec;91(12):724-8.

 

evaluate the assay of urinary metanephrines in diagnosis of pheochromocytoma (PH) and determine diagnostic cut-off values.

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2014

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Pheochromocytoma presenting as diabetes insipidus.
 

Author(s): Vandana Jain, Jaivinder Yadav, Amit Kumar Satapathy

Journal: Indian Pediatr. 2013 Nov;50(11):1056-7.

 

Pheochromocytomas are catecholamine producing tumors that classically present with the triad of sweating, palpitations and headache.

Last Updated: 2 Jan 2014

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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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The terms "Pheochromocytoma" returned 68 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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Study Of Sunitinib In Patients With Recurrent Paraganglioma/Pheochromocytoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Paraganglioma; Pheochromocytoma

 

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2013

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Diagnosis of Pheochromocytoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pheochromocytoma

 

Last Updated: 2 Apr 2014

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