Hong Kong Med J 2002;8:452-5 | Number 6, December 2002
Phaeochromocytoma in children
LPK Yeung, EYW Kwan, PT Cheung, LCK Low
Department of Paediatrics, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital
Phaeochromocytoma is a rare disease in childhood with a subtle and wide range of clinical presentations. We report two confirmed cases and one potential case of phaeochromocytoma, each belonging to a different disease spectrum or syndromal disorder, namely sporadic phaeochromocytoma, von Hippel-Lindau disease, and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2a. Knowledge of the molecular basis of the condition helps to make the diagnosis. Affected individuals and their family members should be screened for any associated syndromal disorders that can carry a substantial degree of morbidity and mortality.
Key words: Hippel-Lindau disease; Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2a; Pheochromocytoma
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