2000, Number 3
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ABSTRACTObjective: The purpose is to bring attention to the continuing changes occurring in pheochro-mocytoma diagnosis, localization, blockade of its physiological effects, surgical excision, and management of recurrences.
Data collection: This is a review on the development of the identification and treatment of a rare but interesting tumor of chromaffin tissue that occurs throughout the body. The data is taken from highly selected references (18 references).
Results: An efficient screening technique for diagnosis, has not yet been developed. Sophisticated urinary and plasma studies are required. Localization has advanced remarkably with computerization of radiographic techniques and nuclear scanning. Blockade is very important, especially if laparoscopic excision is contemplated. The are few complications from it. Surgical excision has dramatically changed with laparoscopic techniques. Many recurrences respond to chemotherapy and nuclear medication obliteration after debulking.
Conclusion: Our overall conclusion is that treatment of this tumor requires constant study because all aspects are quickly changing as technology progresses.
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