Dictionary » P » Phaeochromocytoma

Phaeochromocytoma

phaeochromocytoma

(Science: oncology, tumour) A normally benign neoplasia (neuroblastoma) of the chromaffin tissue of the adrenal medulla.

In culture, the cells secrete enormous quantities of catecholamines and can be induced to form neuron like cells on addition of for example) cyclic AMP or nerve growth factor. Excessive production of adrenaline and noradrenaline leads to secondary hypertension, sometimes paroxysmal.


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 701 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link