High blood pressure, ventricular tachycardia and transient left ventricular dysfunction: Do not forget pheocromocytoma

Mario Gregori, Francesco Paneni, Michela Dagostino, Giuliano Tocci, Andrea Ferrucci, Carmine Savoia

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Abstract

Pheochromocytoma is a neuroendocrine tumour of the adrenal gland that secretes an excessive amount of catecholamines, leading to a rapid rise and fall in blood pressure, headache, sweating and palpitations. The clinical scenario of pheochromocytoma, however, may be extremely variable and may include atypical cardiovascular manifestations, eventually leading to delays or mistakes in diagnosis. This issue is crucial since a missed diagnosis of pheochromocytoma may imply fatal consequences. This article reports a case of pheochromocytoma presenting with quite atypical cardiovascular manifestations such as transient left ventricular dysfunction and ventricular tachycardia. The pathophysiological determinants underlying uncommon clinical presentations of pheochromocytoma are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalHigh Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Prevention
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Hypertension, pathogenesis
  • Left-ventricular-dysfunction, pathogenesis
  • Phaeochromocytoma, pathogenesis
  • Ventricular-tachycardia, pathogenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

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