Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: Volume 15, book 1, 2009
Subject Collection: Medicine
Page: 19 - 22
Online date:June 15, 2009
Pheochromocytoma during childhood – a case report
Department of Pediatrics
Medical University “Prof. Dr Paraskev Stoyanov”-Varna, Bulgaria
SUMMARY: Pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor during
childhood, originating from the chromafine tissue. According to literature
its frequency is approximately 1/100 000. Its clinical manifestation is
with signs of catecholamine excess: hypertension, heartbeat, headache,
sweating, nausea, vomiting, trembling, weakness, irritation, abdominal
and chest pain, dyspnea, red warm face, constipation, polyuria, polydipsia.
These symptoms can be observed every day in severe disease or rarely.
The clinical manifestation can be variable and assembling many other diseases,
so the pheochromocytoma is called “the Great imitator”. We are presenting
a case - a 15 years old girl, hospitalized for hypertonic crisis. After
the clinical, paraclinical investigations and image test was proved that
this was a pheochromocytoma. The surgical intervention was held in planned
order. During the following months the blood pressure became normal and
the hypertension treatment was ceased. The possibility of relapses of
the tumor necessitates the following of the child for the next years.
Key words: Pheochromocitoma, childhood, hypertension.
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