How is an SDHB gene related to pheochromocytoma?

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Pheochromocytomas found outside the adrenal gland are often caused by a problem with the SDHB gene. Pheochromocytomas outside the adrenal gland are called paragangliomas and lead to cancer more often than adrenal pheochromocytomas. The problems in the SDHB gene lead to a hereditary type of paragangliomas, so it can pass from generation to generation.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.
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