Pheochromocytoma With Nonspecific Aortoarteritis: an Unusual Association


avatar Sunil Kumar Kota 1 , * , avatar Siva Krishna Kota 2 , avatar Prabhas Ranjan Tripathy 3 , avatar Sruti Jammula 3 , avatar Lalit Kumar Meher 3 , avatar Kirtikumar D Modi 4

Department of Endocrinology, Medwin Hospital, Hyderabad,, India
Department of Anesthesia, Central Security Hospital, Saudi Arabia
Department of Anatomy, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India
Department of Endocrinology, Medwin Hospital, Hyderabad, India

how to cite: Kota S, Kota S, Tripathy P, Jammula S, Meher L, et al. Pheochromocytoma With Nonspecific Aortoarteritis: an Unusual Association. Int J Endocrinol Metab. 2011;9(3): 416-419.


Pheochromocytomas have been described to be associated with rare vascular abnormalities, most common of them being renal artery stenosis. A 40-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with the complaints of headache, sweating, anxiety, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and severe hypertension. Examination revealed absent carotid and upper-limb pulses with an intact lower-limb pulse. Abdominal computed tomography revealed the presence of a left adrenal pheochromocytoma. An aortogram showed total occlusion of the aortic arch arteries. the Pheochromocytoma was surgically removed, and the patient was then administered steroid treatment for arteritis. To the best of our knowledge, the occurrence of pheochromocytoma along with aortoarteritis has not been reported thus far. The possible mechanisms underlying such an involvement have been discussed in this study.

  • Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education:
    The state of catecholamine excess due to pheochromocytoma can give rise to recurrent vasospasm induced vasculitis and nonspecific aortoarteritis. Adequate and timely attention is required for optimum management of these rarely associated conditions.
  • Please cite this paper as:
    Kumar Kota S, Krishna Kota S, Tripathy PR, Jammula S, Kumar Meher L, Modi KD, Pheochromocytoma With Nonspecific Aortoarteritis:an Unusual Association. Int J Endcrinol Metab. 2011;9(3):416-9. DOI: 10.5812/Kowsar.1726913X.2328

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