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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 130-132

Post-operative refractory hypotension and diuresis in a case of bilateral pheochromocytoma

1 Department of Medicine, College of Medicine and JNM Hospital, Kalyani, Nadia, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Surgery, R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2278-0513.125823

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Pheochromocytomas are relatively uncommon tumors, with prevalence of 0.3-0.95% in autopsy series. Patients with pheochromocytomas have a potentially curable cause of hypertension. Following surgical removal of pheochromocytoma 80% of patients are expected to become normotensive. Persistent post-operative hypertension may be due to residual tumor, metastatic disease or intra-operative injury to the renal artery or the kidney. Around 20% of patients will remain hypertensive without biochemical evidence of residual tumor; however, due to associated essential hypertension or due to acquired renovascular changes. We present a rare case of refractory hypotension in a post-operative case of bilateral pheochromocytoma.

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