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How do doctors diagnose a pheochromocytoma?

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Many people who have a pheochromocytoma are never diagnosed because the symptoms are so much like those of other conditions. That said, there are ways to find out if you have one of the tumors, such as:

  • Blood or urine tests to tell if you have high levels of hormones in your body
  • An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make images of organs and tissues to check for a tumor
  • A CT scan (computed tomography), which puts together several X-rays taken from different angles to see if there’s a tumor.

From: What Is Pheochromocytoma? WebMD Medical Reference

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Medscape: “Pheochromocytoma Treatment & Management.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Adrenal Glands.”

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OncoLink (Penn Medicine): “All About Pheochromocytoma.”

Zuber, S. , June 2012. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Pheochromocytoma.”

Medscape: “Pheochromocytoma Treatment & Management.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Adrenal Glands.”

UpToDate.com : “Clinical presentation and diagnosis of pheochromocytoma.”

OncoLink (Penn Medicine): “All About Pheochromocytoma.”

Zuber, S. , June 2012. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: “Ask the cancer genetics team: inherited tendency for pheochromocytomas.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Adrenal Glands.”

Medscape: “Pediatric Pheochromocytoma Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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