Pheochromocytoma during pregnancy - a rare diagnose with a complex multidisciplinary approach


  • Rita Silva Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Vila Franca Xira, Portugal
  • Catarina R. Carvalho Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, Hospital Santa Maria, Portugal
  • Madalena Andrade Tavares Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hospital Vila Franca Xira, Portugal
  • Celia Pedroso Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hospital Vila Franca Xira, Portugal
  • Paula Tapadinhas Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hospital Vila Franca Xira, Portugal



Pheochromocytoma, Hypertension, Pregnancy


Hypertension is a common problem in pregnancy that can result in significant maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. The common causes include pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension and essential hypertension. Although pheochromocytoma is a rare of hypertension in pregnancy, it can lead to potentially life-threatening cardiovascular complications for the mother and increased fetal mortality if left undiagnosed and untreated. Early diagnosis and timely, appropriate management reduce possible maternal and fetal complications. We report a case of a 32-week pregnant woman diagnosed with hypertension secondary to pheochromocytoma. An elective caesarian section was performed at 37 weeks of gestational age and underwent a laparoscopic left adrenalectomy with success. A multidisciplinary approach is of utmost importance and essential during the management of this life-threatening condition during pregnancy.


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