Pheochromocytoma - a 'squeezy bottle of catecholamines'

Pheochromocytoma – a ‘squeezy bottle of catecholamines’

A pheochromocytoma
(Etymology: Greek “phaios =dark, chroma = color, kytos =cell, oma = tumor”)
or phaeochromocytoma (PCC) is a neuroendocrine tumor of the medulla of the adrenal glands. PCC are generally extra-adrenal chromaffin tissue that failed to involute after birth and secretes high amounts of catecholamines, usually noradrenaline (norepinephrine), and adrenaline (epinephrine) to a lesser extent.

Another test is for the clinician to press gently on the adrenal gland. A pheochromocytoma will often release a burst of catecholamines, with the associated signs and symptoms quickly following. This method is NOT recommended because of possible complications arising from a potentially massive release of catecholamines.

Interesting what you learn from shows like Mob Doctor 😀

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