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Title: Phaeochromocytoma masquerading as anxiety and depression.
Authors: Zardawi, Ibrahim M
Affiliation: Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, Australia..
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: The American journal of case reports 2013; 14: 161-163
Abstract: Patient: Female, 36 Final Diagnosis: Pheochromocytoma; Symptoms: Anxiety • depression Medication: - Clinical Procedure: - Specialty: Oncology • endocrinology. Unusual clinical course, Mistake in diagnosis. Pheochromocytoma is a rare catecholamine-producing neuroendocrine tumour with protean clinical manifestations, which can mimic a variety of conditions, often resulting in erroneous and delayed diagnosis. A case of undiagnosed pheochromocytoma in a 36 year old female with a 15 year history of anxiety and depression is described. The patient collapsed while on the phone to the next of kin and stopped breathing. She was initially revived but suffered a cardiac arrest and died. At autopsy an undiagnosed adrenal pheochromocytoma was found. When considering a diagnosis of anxiety and depression, medical causes of the symptoms must be excluded. Common conditions, such as thyroid disorders, stimulant abuse, asthma, cardiac arrhythmias, alcohol withdrawal and rarely pheochromocytoma, causing a similar spectrum of symptoms should be excluded by history and clinical examination.
DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.889063
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: anxiety
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