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