What If I am Pregnant with Pheochromocytoma?

Q:
What if I am pregnant with pheochromocytoma?

A:
It’s actually rare for a woman to have a pheochromocytoma and being pregnant at the same time. And as adrenaline and blood pressure rise during pregnancy, it’s hard to make the diagnosis.

Once a diagnosis is made, Magnetic Resonance ImagingMRI)may be the best choice of test because it avoids radiation to the developing baby.

When it comes to decide how to treat a pregnant woman with pheochromocytoma, doing what is best for the mother is always best for the baby.

  • At less than 24 weeks of pregnancy, surgery (laparoscopic or open) is performed after alpha blockade.
  • After 24 weeks, pharmacologic blockade is started.

Most physicians advise delivering the baby via C-section and either removing the pheochromocytoma at the same time or 4 to 6 weeks later. Obstetricians specializing in high-risk pregnancies are really a critical part of the management team.

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