Laparoscopic approach to pheochromocytoma in pregnancy: case report

Vol. 44 (3): 629-633, May – June, 2018

doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2017.0540


CHALLENGING CLINICAL CASES

Felipe de Almeida e Paula 1,2,3, Ravisio Israel dos Santos Junior 1,2,3, Odivaldo Antonio Ferruzzi 2, Rafael Osti de Melo 3, Mariana Takaku 1,2
1 Hospital Regional do Câncer de Presidente Prudente, Presidente Prudente, SP, Brasil; 2 Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Presidente Prudente, Presidente Prudente, SP, Brasil; 3 Faculdade de Medicina de Presidente Prudente, Universidade do Oeste Paulista, Presidente Prudente, SP, Brasil

ABSTRACT

A 32-year-old 22-week pregnant hypertensive woman with sporadic episodes of headaches, sweating, and facial flushing was diagnosed with pheochromocyto­ma through biochemical and imaging tests. Perioperative management included a multidisciplinary approach, symptom stabilization with ɑ blockade followed by ß blockade, and tumor resection by laparoscopic adrenalectomy at 24 weeks gesta­tion. The diagnosis was confirmed by histopathological examination and immuno­histochemistry tests. The decision for surgical removal of the tumor was based on maternal symptoms, tumor size, gestational age, the possibility of doing a laparos­copy, and the expertise of the surgical team.

Keywords: Pheochromocytoma; Pregnancy; Laparoscopy

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