Management of Pheochromocytoma in Pregnancy: Case Report and Review of the Literature

A. Reklou1, *, A. Kamparoudis2, A. Mamopoulos3, A. Lazaridis1, P. Rakitzi1, M. Grammatiki1, M. Doumas1, E. Gkaliagkousi1, C. Spiridis1, A. Karagiannis1
1 2nd Propedeutic Department of Internal Medicine, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
2 5th Department of Surgery, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
3 2nd Depertment of Obstetrics Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Pheochromocytoma during pregnancy is rare and lethal to the mother and fetus. Its diagnosis is often missed during pregnancy and is usually made during labour or immediately postpartum with increased mortality rates for both the mother and fetus. Early diagnosis and timely, appropriate management reduce possible maternal and fetal complications. A case of pheochromocytoma recognized at early pregnancy is described

Keywords: Pheochromocytoma, hypertensive crisis, pregnancy, maternal mortality, fetal mortality.