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What is a pheochromocytoma?

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This is a rare tumor that usually grows in the middle of your lower back in your adrenal glands. It is most common in adults ages 30 to 50, but people of all ages can have it. Children make up about 10% of all cases.

Few pheochromocytoma tumors spread to other organs, but they can be dangerous and should be treated right away.

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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