Hong Kong Med J 2003;9:221-3 | Number 3, June 2003
Ruptured phaeochromocytoma—a lesson in acute abdomen
MKY Chan, HW Tse, FPT Mok
Department of Surgery, Caritas Medical Centre, 111 Wing Hong Street, Shamshuipo, Hong Kong
Phaeochromocytoma may present as acute abdomen. This report is of a patient with spontaneous rupture of phaeochromocytoma who presented with abdominal pain and a tender abdominal mass. Ruptured phaeochromocytoma is a rare surgical emergency, with only 30 cases reported in the literature. The classical clinical triad of signs is intense vasoconstriction, tachycardia, and labile blood pressure. Computed tomography scanning of
Key words: Abdomen, acute; Pheochromocytoma
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