Current Treatment Options in Oncology

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 321–329

Pheochromocytoma

  • Monica S. Eigelberger
  • Quan-Yang Duh
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11864-001-0025-5

Cite this article as:
Eigelberger, M.S. & Duh, QY. Curr. Treat. Options in Oncol. (2001) 2: 321. doi:10.1007/s11864-001-0025-5

Opinion statement

The only definitive therapy for patients with pheochromocytoma is surgical resection [1,2]. Advances in preoperative medical management of hypertension/hypovolemia and improved intraoperative anesthetic care have reduced the operative mortality rate for pheochromocytoma to less than 5% in most series [3]. In addition, accurate preoperative localization studies have eliminated the need for extensive exploratory laparotomy. Focused approach and laparoscopic resection have become the new “gold standard,” with a reduced morbidity [4]. Large or locally invasive pheochromocytomas may still require open resection.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica S. Eigelberger
    • 1
    • 2
  • Quan-Yang Duh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of CaliforniaSan Francisco
  2. 2.Mt. Zion Medical CenterUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA