Research Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Research Journal of Endocrinology and
Metabolism

ISSN 2053-3640
Case report

When is a carcinoid not what it seems?

Russell Gollard1*, Diana Garcia2 and Cole Abrahamson3

*Correspondence: Russell Gollard rgollard@hotmail.com

1. Cancer and Blood Specialists of Nevada, Henderson, Nevada, USA.

Author Affiliations

2. Quest Diagnostics, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

3. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, USA.

Abstract

Paragangliomas and pheochromocytomas are unusual tumors with a distinct clinical and biochemical profile. The hallmark of these tumors, which are derived from chromaffin cells, is secretion of catecholamines causing hypertension and other symptoms of catecholamine excess. We report a tumor which presented in lung parenchyma, appearing as a low grade carcinoid tumor, but which exhibited the clinical profile of a pheochromocytoma. The patient did well with surgical treatment only and is alive today ten years after presentation, free of disease.

Keywords: Pheochromocytomas, carcinoid tumor, paraganglioma, chromaffin

ISSN 2053-3640
Volume 2
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