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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 329-336

Medical management of pheochromocytoma: Role of the endocrinologist


1 Department of Endocrinology, Army Hospital (Research and Referral), Delhi Cantt, India
2 Department of Pedodontics, NIMS Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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M K Garg
Department of Endocrinology, Army Hospital (Research and Referral), Delhi Cantt, New Delhi- 10
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.86976

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Pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor arising from chromaffin cells in adrenal medulla or other paraganglia in the body, which may be associated with many genetic syndromes and mutation. The role of endocrinologist is in biochemical diagnosis of suspected cases; its anatomic and functional localization with the help of imaging like CT, MRI, and nuclear scanning; preoperative control of hypertension; and postoperative follow-up of cases that have undergone surgical resection. Familial and genetic screening of cases and their family is important to detect occult cases. Endocrinologist will also play a role in cases with malignant pheochromocytoma in assessment of metastasis, control, chemoradiotherapy, and follow-up.


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