Pheochromocytoma is a neoplasms that is found in the Adrenal Medulla.
The tumor affects the nervous system by secreting Catecholamines or hormones that act as a neurotransmitter.
Catecholamines are the hormones Noreponephine and Epinephrine
Typically a benign tumor and 10% are on both sides of this organ.
10% are malignant
10% are seen in childhood
10% can reoccur after surgery
As a result of tumor the individual can exhibit:
- Elevated Heart rate
- Symptoms and History
- Physical Exam
- Labs: Vanillylmandelic Acid and Meterphrines
- Surgery to resect the tumor