Metastatic Pheochromocytoma

What is Metastatic Pheochromocytoma?

Metastatic Pheochromocytoma is a rare type of tumor that originates in the adrenal gland, and can spread to other parts of the body. Most commonly, these tumors are benign, but can become malignant in some cases. The tumor starts in the chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla, and produces hormones called catecholamines, which can have adverse effects on the body.


The main signs and symptoms of Metastatic Pheochromocytoma can include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Rapid heart rate
  • EXcessive sweating
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Shakiness and trembling
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness or fainting

Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnosis of Metastatic Pheochromocytoma is often difficult, as the signs and symptoms may be similar to other conditions. A variety of imaging tests and blood tests can be used to diagnose this tumor, as well as a physical examination. If the tumor is malignant, surgery may be required, and additional treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be recommended.

In some cases, it may be possible to manage the symptoms of Metastatic Pheochromocytoma with medication. This can include medications to reduce the production of catecholamines, as well as medications to reduce the pressure in the body. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, controlling blood sugar levels, and maintaining a healthy weight may help manage symptoms.