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Spontaneous rupture of adrenal pheochromocytoma in a patient with Von Recklinghausen′s disease

Author(s): Azhough Ramin | Barband Ali | Motayagheni Negar | Niafar Mitra | Pourfathi Hojjat

Journal: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN 0972-5229

Volume: 13;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 94;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Adrenal tumor | pheochromocytoma | von Recklinghausen′s disease | retroperitoneal hematoma

Spontaneous rupture of an adrenal pheochromocytoma is extremely rare and can be lethal because of dramatic changes in the circulation. We describe a 35-year-old Iranian female with previously diagnosed von Recklinghausen ′ s disease who suffered spontaneous rupture of an adrenal pheochromocytoma, misdiagnosed as renal colic followed by an extensive retroperitoneal hematoma, irreversible hemodynamic shock, and death.
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