Treatment of pheochromocytoma in adults
- William F Young, Jr, MD, MSc
William F Young, Jr, MD, MSc
- Professor of Medicine
- Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
- Electron Kebebew, MD, FACS
Electron Kebebew, MD, FACS
- Senior Investigator
- Chief, Endocrine Oncology Branch
- National Cancer Institute
- Professor of Surgery
- George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
- Section Editors
- André Lacroix, MD
André Lacroix, MD
- Section Editor — Adrenal Disease
- Professor of Medicine
- University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Sally E Carty, MD, FACS
Sally E Carty, MD, FACS
- Section Editor — Endocrine Surgery
- Professor, Chief, Division of Endocrine Surgery
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pheochromocytoma is a rare neuroendocrine tumor, occurring in less than 0.2 percent of patients with hypertension [1,2]. In at least 25 percent of patients, the tumor is discovered incidentally during computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the abdomen for unrelated symptoms [3-6]. Studies have found that 19 of 33 patients (58 percent) and 40 of 57 patients (70 percent) with adrenal pheochromocytoma had their tumors discovered incidentally on imaging [5,6]. In other patients, the tumor is found only at autopsy . Among patients suspected to have a pheochromocytoma, the diagnosis is rarely confirmed. In one series, as an example, the diagnosis was established in only 1 of 300 patients evaluated for pheochromocytoma .
The treatment of pheochromocytoma will be reviewed here (algorithm 1). The clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and genetics of pheochromocytoma and management of metastatic pheochromocytoma are discussed separately. (See "Clinical presentation and diagnosis of pheochromocytoma" and "Pheochromocytoma in genetic disorders" and "Paraganglioma and pheochromocytoma: Management of malignant disease".)
MEDICAL PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
Once a pheochromocytoma is diagnosed, all patients should undergo a resection of the pheochromocytoma following appropriate medical preparation. Agents known to provoke a pheochromocytoma paroxysm (eg, glucagon, histamine, metoclopramide) should be avoided. Our approach is largely consistent with the Endocrine Society’s 2014 Clinical Practice Guidelines .
Resecting a pheochromocytoma is a high-risk surgical procedure and an experienced surgeon/anesthesiologist team is required. Cardiovascular and hemodynamic variables must be monitored closely. Continuous measurement of intra-arterial pressure and heart rhythm is required. In the setting of congestive heart failure or decreased cardiac reserve, monitoring of pulmonary capillary wedge pressure is indicated.
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- MEDICAL PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
- Combined alpha and beta-adrenergic blockade
- - Alpha-adrenergic blockade
- Blood pressure monitoring
- High sodium diet
- - Beta-adrenergic blockade
- Calcium channel blockers
- Familial pheochromocytoma
- Surgical outcome
- Acute hypertensive crises
- - Management
- Other complications
- Malignant pheochromocytoma
- SOCIETY GUIDELINE LINKS
- INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- Pre-operative preparation
- Familial pheochromocytoma
- Malignant disease