Context and Definition

It is important to consider phaeochromocytoma as part of a differential diagnosis, firstly because an acute crisis can be life threatening and secondly timely diagnosis can enable complete curative surgical intervention. Autopsy studies have shown that phaeochromocytomas are missed [1].


Phaeochromocytomas are rare neuroendocrine tumours that arise from either adrenal medulla or extra adrenal chromaffin tissue.

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