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July 22, 1974

Successful Control of Pheochromocytoma in Pregnancy

Author Affiliations

From the departments of obstetrics and gynecology (Dr. Griffith), medicine (Drs. Felts and Shealy), surgery (Drs. Meyer and Woodruff), and anesthesia (Dr. James) of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Shealy is now at the Medical University of South Carolina Teaching Hospitals, Charleston; Dr. Woodruff is now at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va.

JAMA. 1974;229(4):437-439. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230420049026

A 36-year-old gravida 3, para 2 woman developed symptoms of pheochromocytoma when 31 weeks pregnant. Successful medical control was achieved with phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride (Dibenzyline). The patient was maintained on this drug for 41 days, during which time she was free of symptoms. Delivery by cesarean section and resection of the tumor were accomplished at 37 weeks gestation. Meticulous attention was given to preoperative preparation and management under anesthesia. Mother and infant have remained well for 22 months.

(JAMA 229:437-439, 1974)