Pheochromocytoma is rare tumor of the adrenal gland. Statistically, only 10% of cases are cancerous. If this condition is left untreated it can be severely detrimental to the health. These tumors appear at any age, but are more prone to occur in middle aged people. The tumor causes an excess production of epinenephrine and other hormones that control the blood pressure and metabolism. People who have pheochromocytoma typically manifest symptoms such as severe hypertension, severe headaches, abdominal pains, heart palpitations, anxiety and irritability. And each patient undergoes a variation in bouts of symptoms, ranging from spells lasting a few seconds to an hour, spells that last over a month and the onset of spells that gets more frequent as the tumor grows. Pheochromocytoma can lead to damage in the cardiovascular system or could increase the risk of congenital heart diseases. It is a tumor that grows in the adrenal gland and hormones secreted by this diseased gland can lead to high blood pressure. This condition is generally inherited genetically. The diagnosis of pheochromocytoma usually includes many different tests since it is not so easy to diagnose. The method used most often in its treatment is the surgical removal of the tumor. The doctor can prescribe synthetic supplements of hormones to recover normal functioning of the adrenal glands.
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