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  • J Mol Genet Med 2019, Vol 13(2): 428

Unusual and Challenging Presentation of Hereditary Pheochromocytoma: Physicians Should Not Be Fooled - A Case Report

Parasiliti-Caprino M1*, Matta M2, Lopez C1, Barbero U2, Maletta F3, Frea S2, Giraudo G4, Benso A1, Pasini B5, Ghigo E1 and Maccario M1
1Division of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
2Cardiology Unit, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
3Pathology Unit, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
4Division of Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
5Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
*Corresponding Author : Dr. Parasiliti-Caprino M, Cardiology Unit, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy, Tel: 00390116335544, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: May 08, 2019 / Accepted Date: Jun 04, 2019 / Published Date: Jun 11, 2019

Abstract

We present the case of a 45-year-old woman admitted to our hospital with acute heart failure and cardiogenic shock requiring stabilization with an intra-aortic balloon pump, inotropes and vasopressors. Nevertheless, the patient developed a multi organ failure. Firstly, diagnosed as an acute myocarditis, bilateral pheochromocytoma was discovered with MRI scan and confirmed with urine and plasma metanephrines. Bilateral adrenalectomy was performed. The genetic testing revealed a mutation in the Neurofibromatosis type 1 gene. Given the life-threatening complications and the good prognosis after radical surgery, the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma should be quickly considered in patients presenting with unexplained cardiovascular compromise.

Keywords: Pheochromocytoma; Neurofibromatosis 1; Cardiovascular diseases; Neuroendocrine tumors; Hypertension

Citation: Parasiliti-Caprino M, Matta M, Lopez C, Barbero U, Maletta F, et al. (2019) Unusual and Challenging Presentation of Hereditary Pheochromocytoma where Physicians Should Not Be Fooled - A Case Report. J Mol Genet Med 13: 428.

Copyright: © 2019 Parasiliti-Caprino M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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