An unusual etiology of hypertension in a 5-year-old boy.

Menschik D, Lovvorn H, Hill A, Kelly P, Jones DP
Pediatr Nephrol. 2002 17 (7): 524-6

PMID: 12172767 · DOI:10.1007/s00467-002-0882-6

Ganglioneuromas are rare benign tumors of neural crest origin, arising from ganglia of the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal medulla. These masses are usually detected during the first 2 decades of life and are generally discovered incidentally. We present a 5-year-old boy with sickle beta-thalassemia whose hypertension is caused by a perihilar ganglioneuroma encasing the right renal artery and distorting the right renal vein. The tumor was resected and the child's blood pressure subsequently normalized.

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Anemia, Sickle Cell beta-Thalassemia Child, Preschool Ganglioneuroma Humans Hypertension, Renal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Male Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms

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