Evaluation and treatment of inherited pheochromocytoma in pregnancy

Alison E. Thompson, Benjamin C. James, Brian Saunders

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Abstract

Pheochromocytomas represent a rare, but potentially devastating, cause of hypertension among pregnant patients. Inherited predisposition to these tumors requires vigilant screening, especially in women of child-bearing age. We present an illustrative case of a multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A patient who was successfully surgically treated for a pheochromocytoma during pregnancy. A review of the existing, English-language literature and screening guidelines was undertaken. Pheochromocytomas presenting during pregnancy, can be safely and effectively treated with laparoscopic surgery, allowing the maintenance of a normal pregnancy. Screening of patients with inherited endocrinopathies that predispose to adrenal medullary tumors must be adapted to maximize the opportunity to detect a pheochromocytoma in the pregravid state. More frequent testing and a lower threshold for biochemical or radiologic investigation are suggested for women in their reproductive years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-84
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Endocrine Surgery
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Pheochromocytoma
Pregnancy
Brain Stem Neoplasms
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2a
Therapeutics
Laparoscopy
Language
Maintenance
Guidelines
Hypertension
Neoplasms

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Thompson, Alison E. ; James, Benjamin C. ; Saunders, Brian. / Evaluation and treatment of inherited pheochromocytoma in pregnancy. In: World Journal of Endocrine Surgery. 2013 ; Vol. 5, No. 3. pp. 82-84.
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In: World Journal of Endocrine Surgery, Vol. 5, No. 3, 01.01.2013, p. 82-84.

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