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Pheochromocytoma: the range of appearances on ultrasound, CT, MRI, and functional imaging.
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PMID:  23345359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Pheochromocytomas are relatively rare neuroendocrine tumors of the adrenal medulla. Their variable clinical presentation and biologic behavior often make accurate diagnosis challenging. A variable spectrum of imaging appearances--some of which may also mimic other diseases--has been recognized. This article reviews the epidemiology; associations; and clinical, biochemical, pathologic, and multimodality imaging features of pheochromocytomas including diagnostic pearls and pitfalls.
CONCLUSION: Pheochromocytomas are often considered the great mimicker of other adrenal tumors. Because of their varied clinical, imaging, and pathologic appearances, accurate diagnosis can be challenging. The various imaging appearances on ultrasound, CT, MRI, and functional imaging can be complementary and have features that are useful for differentiating pheochromocytoma from other lesions of the adrenal.
Katherine Leung; Michael Stamm; Asim Raja; Gavin Low
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  200     ISSN:  1546-3141     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-24     Completed Date:  2013-04-04     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  370-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging, University of Alberta Hospital, 2A2.41 Walter Mackenzie Centre, 8440-112 St, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2B7, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Adrenal Gland Neoplasms / diagnosis*,  epidemiology
Contrast Media / diagnostic use
Diagnosis, Differential
Diagnostic Imaging*
Neoplasm Staging
Pheochromocytoma / diagnosis*,  epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contrast Media
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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Mar;200(3):705

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