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Pheochromocytoma

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Last full review/revision Oct 2020
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What is a pheochromocytoma?

A pheochromocytoma is a type of tumor that makes hormones that raise your blood pressure. Most pheochromocytomas grow in your adrenal glands Overview of the Adrenal Glands Glands make and release hormones. Hormones are chemicals that stimulate other cells or tissues into action. Because hormones are in your blood, they travel throughout your body. They can affect... read more . Your adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys.

What causes a pheochromocytoma?

What are the symptoms of a pheochromocytoma?

Symptoms include:

  • Fast, pounding heart

  • Sweating

  • Feeling light-headed when standing

  • Fast breathing

  • Cold and clammy skin

  • Severe headaches

How can doctors tell if I have a pheochromocytoma?

How do doctors treat a pheochromocytoma?

Doctors give you medicine to control your blood pressure and then do:

  • Surgery to remove the tumor

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