Pheochromocytoma crisis presenting with cardiogenic shock

Y. S. Chatzizisis, A. Ziakas, C. Feloukidis, D. Paramythiotis, S. Hadjimiltiades, A. Iliadis, G. Basdanis, I. Styliadis

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Pheochromocytoma is a catecholamine-secreting tumor of the adrenal glands whose typical presentation includes the triad of headache, palpitations, and diaphoresis. Pheochromocytoma crisis is an urgent medical condition whose diagnosis and management constitute a challenge for physicians. We present the case of a 55-year-old man who developed cardiogenic shock in the setting of a pheochromocytoma crisis. After stabilizing blood pressure with combined administration of α- and β-blockers, the tumor was surgically removed. Our diagnostic and therapeutic challenges are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-160
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Adrenergic blockers
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Catecholamines
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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