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September 1963

Intrathoracic PheochromocytomaA Case Report

Author Affiliations

Senior Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery (Dr. Luna); Resident in Surgery (Dr. Katz); Acting Chairman, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Dr. Ernst).

Arch Surg. 1963;87(3):369-373. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1963.01310150005002

Intrathoracic pheochromocytoma is an entity which is seldom diagnosed prior to surgery. Only five cases out of 14 described in the literature, including our own, were diagnosed prior to surgery. This is predominantly due to the bizarre symptomatology in the presence of an intrathoracic pheochromocytoma, as well as to the fact that one suspects such a tumor in the mediastinum only if the patient has the full-blown symptomatology.

Report of a Case  This 26-year-old Negro female was seen in the emergency room of Parkland Memorial Hospital on various occasions for the last four years. Every time she was seen her blood pressure and pulse were normal. For the last two years prior to admission she complained of intermittent right lateral chest pain, which on occasion was also present over the sternum. On one occasion the pain was very severe and was accompanied by shortness of breath. She was diagnosed to

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