pheochromocytomamedical dictionary

<tumour>

<oncology> A tumour of the adrenal gland which produces catecholamines (noradrenaline and adrenaline). Although the tumour is usually benign it produces hypertension, pounding headaches, tachycardia, palpitations, apprehension, facial flushing, nausea and vomiting.

A diagnosis can be made using a urine test which measures the quantity of adrenaline byproducts. Adrenal tumours may be detected by CT, MRI or a nuclear scan of the adrenal glands.

(15 Oct 1997)