Does Catecholamine Secretion from Head and Neck Paragangliomas Respond to Radiotherapy? Case Report and Literature Review.

@article{Hall2003DoesCS,
  title={Does Catecholamine Secretion from Head and Neck Paragangliomas Respond to Radiotherapy? Case Report and Literature Review.},
  author={Francis T Hall and Bayardo Perez-Ord{\'o}{\~n}ez and Robert G Mackenzie and Ralph W. Gilbert},
  journal={Skull base : official journal of North American Skull Base Society ... [et al.]},
  year={2003},
  volume={13 4},
  pages={229-234}
}
We report a 38-year-old woman with a malignant catecholamine-secreting vagal paraganglioma. In the preceding year she had intermittent severe frontoparietal headaches. While she was receiving radiotherapy (35 Gy in 15 fractions) she developed palpitations, which steadily worsened over the following three years. A repeat CT scan showed no change in the size of the tumor. Urinary catecholamines were elevated and a MIBG scan showed increased uptake in the region of the vagal paraganglioma. She… CONTINUE READING

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