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How common is pheochromocytoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Pheochromocytomas are not very common. They are usually discovered in men and women who are 30 to 60 years old. About 10 percent of pheochromocytomas are attributed to genetic disorders. A family history of multiple endocrine neoplasia, von Hippel-Lindau disease, and neurofibromatosis increases your chances of developing pheochromocytomas. Pheochromocytomas that grow in chromaffin cells outside of the adrenal gland are more often cancerous than those that grow inside the adrenal gland.

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