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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 288-290

Paraganglioma - The pharmacological time bomb


Department of Medicine, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. M Suresh Babu
Department of Medicine, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.194137

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Paragangliomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors that arise from the extra-adrenal autonomic paraganglia. Most paragangliomas are either asymptomatic or present as a painless mass. While all contain neurosecretory granules, only in 1%-3% of cases is secretion of hormones such as catecholamines abundant enough to be clinically significant with manifestations often resembling those of pheochromocytoma. Paragangliomas should be considered in the differential diagnosis in a patient presenting with an episodic headache and hypertension. New-onset hyperglycemia or worsening of preexisting diabetes may be the presenting feature in some patients with paragangliomas.


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