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Pheochromocytoma with Shock, Marked Leukocytosis, and Unusual Electrocardiograms. Case Report and Review of the Literature

Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(1):127-134. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-55-1-127
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Pheochromocytoma is no longer a medical curiosity when such reviews as that by Watkins in 1957 report over 300 cases (1). However, certain clinical features in the case presented below have not been commonly noted and seem to be worthy of evaluation.

CASE REPORT: A 53-year-old white female entered the hospital on February 11, 1957, with the chief complaint of a tearing pain in her jaws and gums, associated with profuse sweating, that awakened her at 2:00 AM. The pain initially was steady, but after several hours became episodic. With each exacerbation there was a simultaneous drenching sweat, occasionally associated


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