Laparoscopic resection of a large periadrenal nonmalignant pheochromocytoma

This is, to our knowledge, the first case description of an extraadrenal pheochromocytoma located in the periadrenal fat

E.E. Frezza; S. Ikramuddin; W. Gourash; P. Schauer

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • This is, to our knowledge, the first case description of an extraadrenal pheochromocytoma located in the periadrenal fat
  • Extraadrenal pheochromocytomas have been described commonly in locations such as the organ of Zuckerkandle; the bladder; the sacrum, testis, rectum, and pelvic floor; the upper abdomen in association with celiac, superior mesenteric, and inferior mesenteric ganglia; the thorax; and the neck, most commonly in association with the ninth or tenth cranial nerve ganglion
  • The pathology report was of periadrenal fat pheochromocytoma, with positive staining for synaptophysin, chromogranin, and vimentin
  • The unique feature in this case was the uncommon location of the extraadrenal tumor: the supraadrenal fat
  • The other unique finding in this case was that the pheochromocytoma was neither symptomatic nor malignant, common features of extraadrenal masses

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