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Traumatic haemorrhage into an occult phaeochromocytoma: presentation and management in a patient with septic shock

Saxena, Neeraj and Parry-Jones, Alison 2008. Traumatic haemorrhage into an occult phaeochromocytoma: presentation and management in a patient with septic shock. Anaesthesia 63 (4) , pp. 428-432. 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2007.05401.x

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Abstract

Phaeochromocytomas can have a variety of presentations; however, traumatic haemorrhage into a phaeochromocytoma is a rare presentation. Diagnosing and managing a critically ill, septic patient with a phaeochromocytoma can be very challenging. We report a case of a 57-year-old man, with a previously undiagnosed phaeochromocytoma, who presented initially with bowel perforation following an assault. Following a laparotomy for bowel resection and anastomosis, whilst on the intensive care unit, he developed paroxysmal severe hypertension overlying septic shock. Phaeochromocytoma was confirmed using a computed tomography scan and urinary assay of metanephrines and catecholamines. We managed the haemodynamic instability using labetalol and noradrenaline infusions. As his septic state improved he was started on conventional therapy and following control of his symptoms over the next few weeks, he underwent an uncomplicated right sided adrenalectomy. He made a full recovery.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RB Pathology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0003-2409
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2019 21:12
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/47876

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