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Pheochromocytoma

Synonym(s)

  • chromaffinoma
  • chromaffin paraganglioma
  • chromaffin tumour
  • paraganglioma, medullary

Definition(s)

A tumor of the adrenal gland that causes it to produce too much adrenaline. Pheochromocytomas are usually benign (noncancerous), but can cause dangerously high blood pressure and other symptoms, including pounding headaches, heart palpitations, flushing of the face, nausea, and vomiting.

Definition from:  National Cancer Institute dictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: October 9, 2014