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Hypercalcemia and Familial Pheochromocytoma: Correction After Adrenalectomy

NEIL W. SWINTON JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.; EUGENE P. CLERKIN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; and LLOYD D. FLINT, M.D.
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Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(3):455-457. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-76-3-455
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In a 12-year-old boy with familial pheochromocytoma and mild hypercalcemia, the serum calcium returned to normal levels after removal of an adrenal pheochromocytoma. The production of a parathormone-like substance or some other calcium-affecting factor by the adrenal tumor is suggested. In patients with familial pheochromocytoma and hypercalcemia, priority should be given to excision of the pheochromocytoma; the serum calcium should be reevaluated postoperatively.

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