Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 567–571

Diagnosis and management of pheochromocytoma during pregnancy

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF03345503

Cite this article as:
Mannelli, M. & Bemporad, D. J Endocrinol Invest (2002) 25: 567. doi:10.1007/BF03345503


Although the presence of pheochro-mocytoma in pregnancy is extremely rare, this association deserves much attention as the tumor constitutes a very high risk for both mother and fetus. Any pregnant woman with hypertension, especially if paroxysmal or labile, or with so far unexplained “spells”, should induce the clinician to consider the possibility of a pheochromocytoma. Maternal and fetal survival depend a lot on an early diagnosis, a correct medical therapy and a correct timing of delivery and surgery. In this respect, a strict collaboration between obstetricians, endocrinologists, anesthesiologists and surgeons is pivotal.


Pregnancypheochromocytomamaternal mortalityfetal mortalityβ-blockerslaparoscopic surgery

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical PathophysiologyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly