Malignant and metastatic pheochromocytoma: Case report and review of the literature

Michael H. Johnson, Jaime A. Cavallo, R. Sherburne Figenshau

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Abstract

Pheochromocytomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors. Although predominantly occurring in the adrenal glands, these tumors can present anywhere along the sympathetic chain. Indeed, classical teaching states that 10% of pheochromocytomas are extra-adrenal and 10% are malignant. We report a case of a 61-year-old female who underwent presumptive cytoreductive nephrectomy and adrenalectomy for renal carcinoma but was instead found to have malignant pheochromocytoma. Proper identification, surgical extirpation, and follow-up are imperative for treatment. We review the classic and current literature regarding management of this uncommon tumor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalUrology Case Reports
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adrenal
  • Neuroendocrine
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Renal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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