Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes 2006; 114(4): 204-207
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-924070
Case Report

J. A. Barth Verlag in Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

A Diagnostic Dilemma in Diagnosing and Managing an Incidental Phaeochromocytoma

A. A. Tahrani1 , A. F. Macleod1
  • 1Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, The Hummingbird Center, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury, UK
Further Information

Publication History

Received: November 1, 2005 First decision: February 2, 2006

Accepted: February 3, 2006

Publication Date:
17 May 2006 (online)


Phaeochromocytomas are chromaffin cell tumours which are well recognised to present with hypertension and symptoms of catecholamine excess. These tumours, although rare, are important not to be missed, as left untreated they may result in devastating consequence. The first step in investigating phaeochromocytomas is to prove catecholamines excess biochemically. We report a patient with phaeochromocytoma in which repeated urine and plasma samples failed to detect excess catecholamines levels.


Abd A. Tahrani

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