JOHN F. FINLAYSON, F.R.C.P.A.; JOHN H. CASEY, PH.D., F.R.A.C.P.
Catecholamines have an important function in a wide range of body processes, but their effects on calcium
metabolism are not often recognised. This case report concerns the association of multiple pheochromocytomas with hypercalcaemia, and the correction of the hypercalcaemia by removal of the pheochromocytomas.
A 20-year-old white man presented with blurred vision, retroorbital headaches, and drenching sweats. On examination the blood pressure was found to be consistently raised with a mean of 230/130 mm Hg. Bilateral papilloedema, retinal haemorrhages, and soft exudates were seen on fundoscopic examination. The serum calcium levels were 11.6, 10.9, and 10.6 mg/100 ml on three
FINLAYSON JF, CASEY JH. Hypercalcaemia and Multiple Pheochrcmocytomas. Ann Intern Med. ;82:810–811. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-6-810_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(6):810-811.
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