Pheochromocytoma in elderly people: case report


  • Shikhil Puzhakkal Department of Endocrine Surgery, Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
  • Pradeep Puthen Veetil Department of Endocrine Surgery, Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India



Pheochromocytoma, Elderly, Laparoscopic adrenalectomy, PASS score


Pheochromocytoma in elderly people is a very rare disease and surgical removal is the only cure. Here we present an 81-year-old gentleman with multiple co morbidities with left adrenal incidentaloma. He was diagnosed to have left pheochromocytoma with biochemical evaluation. He underwent laparoscopic adrenalectomy after a prolonged preparation with alpha and beta blockers. This is the second oldest patient with histo-pathological diagnosis of pheochromocytoma. So high index of suspicion is needed to diagnose pheochromocytoma  and a prolonged preoperative preparation is required in elderly patients. As he had high pheochromocytoma of adrenal scaling score (PASS), he is under close follow up.

Author Biography

Shikhil Puzhakkal, Department of Endocrine Surgery, Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Associate consultant 

Endocrine surgery

Baby memorial Hospital 



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