Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
In this Article
- What is a pheochromocytoma?
- What are the symptoms of a pheochromocytoma?
- What conditions are associated with pheochromocytomas?
- What else can cause the symptoms of a pheochromocytoma?
- How is pheochromocytoma diagnosis?
- How is a pheochromocytoma treated?
- What is the prognosis with a pheochromocytoma?
- Pheochromocytoma At A Glance
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Pheochromocytoma At A Glance
- Pheochromocytoma is a relatively rare tumor of the adrenal glands or of
similar specialized cells outside of the adrenal glands.
- Pheochromocytomas secrete catecholamine hormones (adrenaline and related
hormones) that are responsible for the characteristic symptoms.
- Headache, sweating, and a fast heartbeat are typical symptoms, usually in
association with markedly high blood pressure.
- About 10% of pheochromocytomas are malignant.
- Surgery is the treatment of choice.
- Pheochromocytomas can occur in combination with other tumors, conditions and in some familial (inherited) syndromes.
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Previous contributing authors and editors Ruchi Mathur, M.D. and Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Last Editorial Review: 8/17/2010
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