Does an adrenal tumor cause panic attacks?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
An adrenal tumor, or pheochromocytoma, secretes the hormone epinephrine, the “fight or flight” hormone, which produces symptoms similar to those of a panic attack. Watch Dr. Oz talk more about these symptoms.

Ajay K. Sahajpal, MD
Transplant Surgery

Adrenal tumors can be functional or nonfunctional. If functional it can release certain hormones. Generally it should not cause panic attacks, however it can cause symptoms and signs including high blood pressure, headaches, sweating, and rapid heart rate. Some of these can mimic a panic attack.

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