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Preoperative embolization followed by surgical excision of an intrapericardial pheochromocytoma.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ased Ali


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A teenager with palpitations and hypertension was found to have an intrapericardial pheochromocytoma of the left atrium with multiple feeding collaterals. Radiologic embolization was carried out on the major feeding arteries to the tumor preoperatively with good angiographic result. Surgery was carried out the following day through a median sternotomy approach and cardiopulmonary bypass. Minimal bleeding was observed due to prior embolization. The patient made a rapid postoperative recovery and was discharged 7 days later.

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Author(s): Ali AM, Devbhandari M, Sastry A, Ashleigh RJ, Jones MT

Publication type: Article

Journal: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Year: 2007

Volume: 83

Issue: 1

Pages: 302-304

Print publication date: 01/01/2007

ISSN (print): 0003-4975

ISSN (electronic): 1552-6259

Publisher: Elsevier Inc


DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2006.05.100

PubMed id: 17184689


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