Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 372, Issue 2, pp 393–401 | Cite as

Molecular imaging and theranostic approaches in pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma

  • David Taïeb
  • Karel Pacak


Pheochromocytomas and their extra-adrenal counterpart paragangliomas (PGLs; together called PPGLs), belong to the family of neural crest-derived tumors. Given the overexpression of a wide variety of specific targets in PPGLs, it seems that these tumors are optimally suited to be imaged by specific radiopharmaceuticals. Thus, theranostics approaches with somatostatin agonists and antagonists are rapidly evolving in the setting of these tumors and may be considered as the next step in the therapeutic arsenal of metastatic PPGLs.


Positron emission tomography Gallium-68 DOTA-analogues 6-(18F)fluoro-L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine Somatostatin Paragangliomas Neuroendocrine 



This research was supported, in part, by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH, Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineLa Timone University Hospital, CERIMED, Aix-Marseille UniversityMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Section on Medical NeuroendocrinologyEunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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