Surgical experience with retrogastric and retropancreatic pheochromocytomas.

Scott HW, Dean RH, Lea JW, Waterhouse G, Sussman C, Robertson D, Oates JA
Surgery. 1982 92 (5): 853-65

PMID: 6753206

From 1972 to 1981 at Vanderbilt University Hospital there were seven patients with midline retrogastric or retropancreatic pheochromocytomas. Each of these tumors arose between the aorta and the inferior vena cava. This report details the difficulties in localization before and at operation in the smaller tumors in these sites. Our experience suggests that small midline pheochromocytomas in these sites may be readily missed by computerized tomographic scan, aortography, or surgical search at laparotomy unless subtraction arteriograms are used and the Kocher maneuver is employed at operation routinely.

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Adolescent Adrenal Gland Neoplasms Adult Aortography Choristoma Female Humans Laparotomy Male Middle Aged Pancreas Pheochromocytoma Stomach Subtraction Technique Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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