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Diagnosis and management of pheochromocytoma in an academic hospital 3 years after formation of a pheochromocytoma interest group.
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PMID:  21134876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: To examine whether establishment of a pheochromocytoma interest group improves diagnosis and management of pheochromocytoma in an academic hospital.Methods: The medical records of patients who had preoperative or pathologic diagnosis of pheochromocytoma at a large academic hospital from July 2007 to July 2010 were retrieved and pertinent information was gathered. Quality measures for diagnosis and management of pheochromocytoma before and after establishment of a pheochromocytoma interest group, and by group and nongroup physicians, were compared.Results: Between 2007 and 2010, 16 patients were confirmed to harbor pheochromocytoma. The rates of over-diagnosis and underdiagnosis were similar before and after establishment of the pheochromocytoma interest group (23%-25% vs 17%, respectively); however, after interest group formation, pheochromocytoma was excluded in 9 patients for whom other physicians recommended adrenalectomy. Compared with nonmembers, members of the pheochromocytoma interest group more frequently performed pheochromocytoma testing before adrenal biopsy or adrenalectomy in patients with adrenal masses (71% vs 13%), including those with suspected malignancy (50% vs 7%). After interest group formation, many more patients were optimally prepared preoperatively and advised on follow-up plan and genetic testing.Conclusions: Formation of a pheochromocytoma interest group significantly enhances the quality of diagnosis and management of pheochromocytoma. The key to the group's success is its incorporation of members' formal or informal opinions into the care of patients with suspected pheochromocytoma. This model may be applied to other rare endocrine diseases.
Run Yu; Nicholas N Nissen; Deepti Dhall; Edward Phillips
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Endocrine practice : official journal of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1934-2403     ISO Abbreviation:  Endocr Pract     Publication Date:    2011 May-Jun
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Created Date:  2011-06-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9607439     Medline TA:  Endocr Pract     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  356-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Endocrinology and Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.
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