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How does a pheochromocytoma affect different parts of the body?

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Your adrenal glands make hormones that control your metabolism, blood pressure, and other important functions. A pheochromocytoma also releases hormones and does so at much higher levels than normal. The hormones made by these tumors cause high blood pressure, which can damage your heart, brain, lungs, and kidneys.

From: What Is Pheochromocytoma? WebMD Medical Reference

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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

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University of Maryland Medical Center: “Adrenal Glands.”

Medscape: “Pediatric Pheochromocytoma Treatment & Management.”

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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