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Pheochromocytomas in Children

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A pheochromocytoma is a tumor on the adrenal gland that secretes epinephrine and norepinephrine hormones.

  • Epinephrine and norepinphrine are responsible for regulating heart rate and blood pressure, among other functions.
  • Pheochromocytomas occur most frequently in young to middle-aged adults.
  • Ten percent of people affected are children, who usually develop symptoms between the ages of 6 and 14.

Here at Boston Children's Hospital, pheochromocytomas are treated through our General Endocrinology Program—a multidisciplinary program that provides comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management for patients with disorders of the adrenal gland and other parts of the body associated with the endocrine system.

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