Episode 31: Let’s Get Hyped with Pheochromocytoma




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Episode Summary

In this episode we discuss pheochromocytoma. We highlight a clinical case of a patient with an undiagnosed pheochromocytoma, and then we dive into the differential diagnoses, signs and symptoms, preoperative preparation, and intraoperative management of this neuroendocrine tumor. This is one episode that will definitely get your sympathetic nervous system firing!

What You'll Learn: 

  1. Review the pathophysiology of a pheochromocytoma.
  2. Discuss the differential diagnosis associated with a pheochromocytoma.
  3. Assess the signs and symptoms of an undiagnosed pheochromocytoma.
  4. Apply preoperative and intraoperative techniques to adequately manage a patient with a diagnosed pheochromocytoma.


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Recommended Resources

  1. Elisha S., Nagelhout J. & Heiner J. Current Anesthesia Practice: Evaluation and Certification Review. 2020. Elsevier, St. Louis MO. 
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