Member of the 1000 Post Club cat lady Posted June 18, 2008 Member of the 1000 Post Club Report Share Posted June 18, 2008 Phaeochromocytoma combined with subclinical Cushing's syndrome and pituitary microadenoma GF Yaylali, F Akin, M Bastemir, YT Yaylali, and A Ozden Clin Invest Med, January 1, 2008; 31(3): E176-81 Pamukkale University, School of Medicine, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Denizli, Turkey. email@example.com OBJECTIVES: Phaeochromocytoma (PHEO) occasionally associates with pathological lesions of the adrenal cortex. The coexistence of PHEO and pre-clinical Cushing's syndrome (PCS) of the same adrenal gland has rarely been reported. We report a case of PHEO and PCS originating from the same adrenal gland and discuss the peculiar diagnostic aspects of this entity. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 64 yr old man was hospitalized to evaluate the right adrenal mass which was discovered incidentally by ultrasonography. He had a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia. Blood pressure measurements were all normal during his hospital stay. Laboratory examination showed: urinary catecholamines were markedly increased. HbA1C of 14.3 %, midnight cortisol of 11(microg/dL), cortisol was not suppressed after the overnight 1 mg oral dexamethasone suppression test (DST): 3.42(microg/dL), 24 hr free cortisol in the urine : 213 microg/day (10-100), cortisol levels were suppressed more than 50% with 8 mg of dexamethasone. CT scan of the adrenal glands showed a 6 cm well encapsulated right adrenal mass together with a clearly normal left adrenal gland. MRI investigation of the sella turcica revealed a pituitary microadenoma on the right side of the adenohypophysis He was treated with alpha and subsequent beta blockers after the diagnosis of PHEO and PCS was made. Right adrenalectomy was performed. The pathology showed typical PHEO with adrenocortical hyperplasia. VMA, metanefrin and free cortisol levels were normalized one month after surgery. CONCLUSION: The present report is a rare case of PHEO combined with PCS in the same adrenal gland. Publication Type: * Journal article PMID: 18544281 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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