Minimally Invasive Adrenalectomy for Pheochromocytoma During Pregnancy Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Pheochromocytoma during pregnancy is a very rare condition; fewer than 200 cases have been reported in the literature. We present the case of a 24-year-old pregnant woman found to have a pheochromocytoma during investigation of abdominal pain. This is the second reported case of laparoscopic adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma detected during pregnancy. After appropriate radiologic investigation and medical management, a laparoscopic left adrenalectomy was performed at the beginning of the second trimester. There were no complications, and she was delivered of a healthy baby at term. We review the management of pheochromocytoma in pregnant patients and discuss the role of laparoscopy.


  • Pace, David E
  • Chiasson, Patrick M
  • Schlachta, Christopher M
  • Mamazza, Joseph
  • Cadeddu, Margherita
  • Poulin, Eric C

publication date

  • April 2002