Scientific article
Case report

Adrenal cortical phaeochromocytoma: a case report of a rare entity

Published inExperimental and clinical endocrinology & diabetes, vol. 111, no. 2, p. 111-114
Publication date2003

Adrenal cortical phaeochromocytomas (pseudo-phaeochromocytomas) are a very rare entity and a diagnostic challenge. Of the few cases previously reported, most have incomplete data or lack clinical and biochemical follow-up documenting the cure of the excess secretion of catecholamines after resection of the tumour. We report herein a 62-year-old patient with clinical and biochemical findings diagnostic of a phaeochromocytoma associated with a 2-cm adrenal mass on CT scan. Surgery revealed the presence of an adrenal cortical adenoma with positive staining for the neuroendocrine marker synaptophysin, but negative for chromogranin, as has been previously reported for these rare cortical phaeochromocytomas. After removal of the tumour the clinical symptoms resolved and biochemical markers normalized, demonstrating the causal relationship between the cortical tumour and the excess production of catecholamines.

  • Adrenal Cortex Neoplasms/pathology/radiography/surgery/urine
  • Adrenalectomy/methods
  • Biological Markers/urine
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Male
  • Metanephrine/urine
  • Middle Aged
  • Pheochromocytoma/pathology/radiography/surgery/urine
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
Citation (ISO format)
SIMON, S et al. Adrenal cortical phaeochromocytoma: a case report of a rare entity. In: Experimental and clinical endocrinology & diabetes, 2003, vol. 111, n° 2, p. 111–114. doi: 10.1055/s-2003-39239
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ISSN of the journal0947-7349

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