Delayed Paraganglioma Diagnosis: A Case Report and Literature Update

Ecirli S., Korkmaz M., Kutlu O., Duran C., Goren M. O., Sakin A.

ISTANBUL MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.16, no.4, pp.162-164, 2015 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/imj.2015.92668
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.162-164
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Paragangliomas are rare catecholamine secreting neuroendocrine tumors arising from extra-adrenal autonomic ganglia. Almost all sympathetic paragangliomas secrete norepinephrine and present with hypertension, headache, sweating, and tachycardia episodes similar to pheochromocytoma. Parasympathetic paragangliomas of which localized along the glossopharyngeal/vagal nerve through the neck and skull base are usually nonfunctional 80%-90%, and create a clinic with mass effect. Herein, we report a patient who had hypertensive crisis and pulmonary edemas several times, diagnosed as paraganglioma.