A 15-year-old young woman was referred to the emergency room for admission by her general practitioner after receiving the results of urinary metanephrines and catecholamines requested to study the tachycardia, sweating and headaches that she had been presenting progressively last year. Imaging tests showed a large right supraumbilical para-aortic paraganglioma that was successfully removed with surgery after previous medical preparation with adrenergic blockers. Genetic testing showed a heterozygous mutation of the gene succinate dehydrogenase-B. The classic triad of symptoms in these disorders consists of headaches, sweating and tachycardia, usually accompanied by hypertension. We wanted to present this case, a challenging diagnosis of paraganglioma in primary care.
- general practice / family medicine
- endocrine cancer
- cancer intervention
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Contributors CV visited the patient and made the diagnosis, along with supervising the article manuscript. XR visited the patient, reviewed the information in the patient’s clinical records of the hospital, made a bibliographic review about the topic the and wrote the manuscript. CG-S reviewed the information in the patient’s clinical records of the hospital, made a bibliographic review about the topic the and helped writing the manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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