Pheochromocytoma after Cesarean Section

Elham Naghshineh, Azar Danesh Shahraki, Somaye Sheikhalian, Leila Hashemi


Pheochromocytoma is a catecholamine‑producing tumor. There are a very few reported cases of clinical pheochromocytoma. Here, we report a 27‑year‑old woman para 1 live 1 with chief complaint of headache, confusion, nausea, and vomiting 2 days after cesarean section. She was anxious and had palpitation. On physical examination, fever, tachycardia, tachypnea, high blood pressure, and right thyroid nodule were found. She was managed as pregnancy‑induced hypertension at first. In laboratory data, epinephrine, norepinephrine, metanephrine, normetanephrine, and vanillylmandelic acid were increased in 24 h urine collection. An adrenal mass was detected in abdominal computed  tomography. Regarding clinical and paraclinical findings, pheochromocytoma was diagnosed. The patient received medical treatment, but it was not effective; hence, she underwent adrenalectomy.

Keywords: Adrenal gland neoplasm, cesarean section, pheochromocytoma, pregnancy

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