Ectopic ACTH syndrome due to pheochromocytoma: Case report and review of the literature

B. H. Forman, E. Marban, R. D. Kayne, N. M. Passarelli, S. N. Bobrow, V. A. Livolsi, M. Merino, M. Minor, L. R. Farber

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Abstract

A 51-year-old female was diagnosed preoperatively to have a pheochromocytoma producing ACTH. This diagnosis was based upon her paroxysmal hypertension, hyperpigmentation, and hypokalemia. Elevated levels of serum and urine corticosteroids, plasma ACTH, urinary VMA, and catecholamines fell after a right adrenal pheochromocytoma was removed. Subsequently this tumor was found to have a high content of ACTH. Review of the lieterature indicates a mortality rate of 57% for this syndrome. Proper preoperative recogniton and management can result in total cure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-189
Number of pages9
JournalYale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Volume52
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Forman, B. H., Marban, E., Kayne, R. D., Passarelli, N. M., Bobrow, S. N., Livolsi, V. A., Merino, M., Minor, M., & Farber, L. R. (1979). Ectopic ACTH syndrome due to pheochromocytoma: Case report and review of the literature. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 52(2), 181-189.