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November 1976

Malignant Pheochromocytoma in Childhood

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pediatrics (Drs Philipps and McMurtry) and radiology (Dr Taubman), University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver. Dr McMurty is now with the National Heart and Lung Institute, Bethesda, Md.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(11):1252-1255. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120120086016

• A child had malignant pheochromocytoma. Her tumor originally was thought to be a benign one, but persistent elevation of catecholamine values in the post-operative period, and consequent appearance of lytic bone lesions, proved her disease to be metastatic. Malignancy is rare in this tumor, and difficult to diagnose even with sophisticated biochemical and radiologic techniques. Treatment with chemotherapy and radiation failed to halt the spread and growth of this patient's tumor.

(Am J Dis Child 130:1252-1255, 1976)