Endocrine Abstracts (2007) 13 S54

New aspects of phaeochromocytoma: Managing young people with phaeochromocytoma

Stephen Ball

Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Phaeochromocytoma and functional paraganglioma are rare in young people. Presentation, diagnosis and management follow principles established in adult endocrinology: clinical suspicion, appropriate investigation, adrenergic blockade and surgical excision where possible. Familial phaeochromocytoma syndromes are over-represented in patients presenting with the problem at a young age. This is an important dimension to the multidisciplinary approach to management, a multi-disciplinary approach that may require working across the paediatric-adult interface so that appropriate expertise is available in an age-appropriate clinical setting. Integrated care pathways can have a key role in facilitating these processes. This presentation will highlight the presentation and management of phaeochromocytoma in young people and the experience gained from the operation of an integrated care pathway in the North East of England.

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