Successful Control of Pheochromocytoma in Pregnancy

Mary I. Griffith, MD; John H. Felts, MD; Francis M. James, MD; Richard T. Meyers, MD; Gerald M. Shealy, MD; Leon F. Woodruff Jr., MD
JAMA. 1974;229(4):437-439. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230420049026.
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A 36-year-old gravida 3, para 2 woman developed symptoms of pheochromocytoma when 31 weeks pregnant. Successful medical control was achieved with phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride (Dibenzyline). The patient was maintained on this drug for 41 days, during which time she was free of symptoms. Delivery by cesarean section and resection of the tumor were accomplished at 37 weeks gestation. Meticulous attention was given to preoperative preparation and management under anesthesia. Mother and infant have remained well for 22 months.

(JAMA 229:437-439, 1974)


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