Surgical analysis of pediatric and adolescent sporadic pheochromocytoma: Single center experience - Abstract

Urology Department, Urology and Nephrology Center, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt.


The aim of this study is to review our experience with sporadic pheochromocytoma in pediatrics and adolescents focusing upon surgical approach, incidence of malignancy, and recurrence rate.

Between 1990 and 2007, 8 pediatric patients were diagnosed with sporadic pheochromocytoma. Demographic data, clinical and radiological findings, laboratory profile, preoperative preparation, surgical approach, operative findings, postoperative course as well as pathologic diagnosis of the removed specimen were reviewed.

Mean age of presentation was 13.1 ± 4.7 years. Five patients had right-sided masses, 1 harbored left-sided mass, and bilaterality was observed in 2 with mean size of 5.7 ± 1.3 cm. Computed tomography showed no evidence of local infiltration, regional lymphadenopathy or distant metastasis in all patients but two. Six masses were excised through thoraco-abdominal approach, 3 were removed laparoscopically, while percutaneous alcohol ablation was adopted for the last. We had one postoperative death (12.5%:1/8), and the remaining 7 patients were followed for a mean of 8.6 ± 3 years. Five patients never had recurrence. Bilateral recurrence developed in 2 patients, where they were safely excised in one patient and was a part of disseminated disease in the other. Malignant nature of the disease was proved in 2 patients and showed poor survival.

Under adequate anesthetic control, pediatric pheochromocytoma could be safely managed through both the open and laparoscopic approaches. Advanced radiological stage would suggest the malignant nature of the disease with dismal outcome. Long-term follow-up is warranted for possibility of delayed curable recurrence.

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Osman Y, Hussein N, Sarhan O, Shorrab AA, Dawaba M, Ghoneim MA.   Are you the author?

Reference: Int Urol Nephrol. 2011 Apr 24. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1007/s11255-011-9959-0

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PMID: 21516474 Pediatric Urology Section