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Ischemic Colitis: An Uncommon Manifestation of Pheochromocytoma

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Pheochromocytoma are rare neuroectodermal tumors, responsible for less than 1 per cent of cases of hypertension. The protean manifestations of pheochromocytomas arise from the effects of catecholamine hypersecretion upon α and β receptors. The lesion may infrequently present with gastrointestinal complaints ranging from constipation and nausea to megacolon and ischemic colitis. Ischemic colitis in association with pheochromocytoma occurs from intense splanchnic vasoconstriction. A case of pheochromocytoma presenting as ischemic colitis is reported.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: From the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, Maryland

Publication date: 01 April 2007

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