Pheochromocytomas happen equally in men and women. They often show up when you are in your 30s, 40s, or 50s.
If someone in your family has this type of tumor, you are more likely to get it. This tumor does not seem to be affected by environment, diet, or lifestyle. If you have this tumor, you should consider genetic testing.
The most common sign of a pheochromocytoma is high blood pressure. It can be constant or sometimes high. Sometimes the tumor can cause high blood pressure that can be life threatening. It is a very rare cause of high blood pressure. But it must be considered when medicine is not enough to control high blood pressure.
Other symptoms are less common. They can be brought on when you are under stress or when you change positions. The following are the most common symptoms. But each person may have symptoms in a different way.
The symptoms of a pheochromocytoma may look like other health problems. Always see your health care provider for a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete health history and physical exam, you may need:
Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment for you based on:
Treatment may include: