A paraganglioma is a rare type of tumor that develops from cells called paraganglia. These cells come from nerve tissue and can form in the head, neck, ear, chest or the belly
When paragangliomas develop inside the adrenal glands, they are called pheochromocytomas. These tumors are more common in people who have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Syndrome.
Usually, paragangliomas are benign. They can cause problems and symptoms, though. Pheochromocytomas can cause over-production of adrenaline.
Over time, pheochromocytomas can lead to serious complications including stroke. Paragangliomas that develop outside the adrenal glands are called glomus tumors.
Your doctor may order blood and urine tests as well as x-rays or CT scans.
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Options include removal of the tumor, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
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