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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 163-166

Aortoarteritis: Could it be a form of catecholamine-induced vasculitis?


Department of Endocrinology, Seth G S Medical College, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Vijaya Sarathi
Department of Endocrinology, Seth G S Medical College, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.107874

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Catecholamine-induced vasculitis is a well known but rarely described entity. However, aortoarteritis as a manifestation of catecholamine-induced vasculitis is not described in the literature. We have reported two patients in whom pheochromocytoma coexisted with aortoarteritis. Both patients were young females with history of bilateral pheochromocytomas in more than one first-degree relative. Both patients also had bilateral adrenal pheochromocytomas (second patient also had paraganglioma at left renal hilum) with elevation of plasma free normetanephrine levels. We conclude that there may be an association between pheochromocytoma and aortoarteritis, and that catecholamine excess may have a role in the etiopathogenesis of aortoarteritis in these patients.


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