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How likely is a parent able to pass a pheochromocytoma to their child?

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If you have a pheochromocytoma, your doctor may recommend tests to see if it was caused by a genetic disorder. This can tell you if you’re at risk for more in the future and whether your children and other family members are at higher risk.

A parent with a damaged gene has a 50% chance of passing it to his or her child.

From: What Is Pheochromocytoma? WebMD Medical Reference

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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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