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Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma – an overview

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Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma derive from chromaffin tissue that secretes catecholamines, which determine the characteristic clinical picture of the disease. Serious and potentially fatal cardiovascular complications require rapid diagnosis and treatment. The available biochemical tests are recommended not only to patients with characteristic clinical symptoms, but also to all patients with incidentally identified adrenal tumours. There is a growing incidence of diagnosed germline mutations associated with familial pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma in tumours originally identified as the sporadic form, and therefore current recommendations ever more often indicate the need for genetic testing in all patients with diagnosed pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma. Surgical treatment, which is the treatment of choice, brings very good results in the case of benign tumours, and even the malignant ones, provided they are operational. Unfortunately, there is no sufficiently good and efficacious alternative treatment for patients with unresectable or metastatic malignant tumours.

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  • Chair and Department of Endocrinology and Internal Diseases, Medical University of Gdansk,
  • Chair and Department of Endocrinology and Internal Diseases, Medical University of Gdansk
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