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Postgraduate education
Published online: 2006-03-20
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Pheochromocytoma - chromaffin cell tumor

Konrad Szosland, Barbara Kopff, Andrzej Lewiński
Endokrynologia Polska 2006;57(1):54-62.

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Vol 57, No 1 (2006)
Postgraduate education
Published online: 2006-03-20
Submitted: 2013-02-15

Abstract

Pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor derived from chromaffin cells, which produces catecholamins. The presence of this tumor is considered a cause of secondary hypertension, arrhythmias, sweating and also, but very rarely, mental disorders. Update diagnostic methods of pheochromocytoma are summarized in this article. Pheochromocytoma also coexists with endocrinological syndroms, e.g. multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2). Studies confirm genetic background of pheochromocytoma occurrence.

Abstract

Pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor derived from chromaffin cells, which produces catecholamins. The presence of this tumor is considered a cause of secondary hypertension, arrhythmias, sweating and also, but very rarely, mental disorders. Update diagnostic methods of pheochromocytoma are summarized in this article. Pheochromocytoma also coexists with endocrinological syndroms, e.g. multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2). Studies confirm genetic background of pheochromocytoma occurrence.
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Keywords

pheochromocytoma; chromaffin cells; catecholamins; normetanephrine; metanephrine; metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy

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Title

Pheochromocytoma - chromaffin cell tumor

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 57, No 1 (2006)

Pages

54-62

Published online

2006-03-20

Bibliographic record

Endokrynologia Polska 2006;57(1):54-62.

Keywords

pheochromocytoma
chromaffin cells
catecholamins
normetanephrine
metanephrine
metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy

Authors

Konrad Szosland
Barbara Kopff
Andrzej Lewiński

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