EDWARD S. ORGAIN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Pheochromocytoma is an uncommon cause of clinical hypertension. Although its exact incidence is unknown, an estimate based upon surgically explored hypertensive patients is 0.47%.1 The true incidence, because of many unrecognized cases, is undoubtedly higher. Since surgery will effect cure, clinical recognition is the direct responsibility of every physician. Several reviews,1-9 recently published, emphasize various aspects of the problem. Pheochromocytoma masquerades in many clinical forms, notably hypertensive vascular disease, fluctuating10 or even malignant in type,11 renal disease,12 diabetes mellitus,13 hyperthyroidism, toxemia of pregnancy,14 psychoneuroses and others. A most rewarding experience, first described by Pincoffs15 in 1929, awaits the correct clinical
ORGAIN ES. PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA: THE VALUE OF CERTAIN TESTS USED ROUTINELY IN DIAGNOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;43:1178–1194. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-6-1178
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(6):1178-1194.
Adrenal Disorders, Endocrine and Metabolism, Endocrine Cancer, Hematology/Oncology.
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