Published: 2021-07-28

Surgical intervention as a curative major for secondary hypertension

Ramesh Mahadev Tambat, Venuprasad Narasimhaiah, Marshall David Collin, Nataraj Y. Sannappanavar, Nitin Kumar, Yogendra Shrestha, Jeet Bahadur Moktan


Retroperitoneal functional paraganglioma is a rare type of neuroendocrine neoplasm which secrete excess catecholamines including epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine and their metabolites metanephrine, normetanephrine, 3-methoxytyramine respectively. Early diagnosis of functional paraganglioma is important because its removal is often curative. The extent of disease is evaluate using 2(18F)-fluoro-2 deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), where increased uptake of 18-FDG observed the mass. It is one of the rare curable causes of secondary hypertension. Here, we have presented the rare case of a young female who was recently diagnosed with hypertension and pain in abdomen, was later found to have functional paraganglioma.


Functional paraganglioma, retroperitoneal paraganglioma, surgical management, Secondary hypertension, FDG-PET

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