What are symptoms of paragangliomas?

The signs and symptoms of paragangliomas can be similar to that of pheochromocytomas. These tumors can be discovered incidentally during a scan (CAT scan or MRI) done for other reasons. When symptoms are present, they are usually due to the increased secretion of noradrenaline or norepinephrine by the tumor, which may cause high blood pressure that can be severe and spells consisting of headaches, rapid heartbeat, pounding in the chest, anxiety, and sweaty or clammy skin. Patients with paragangliomas in the bladder may have symptoms of hypertension and spells with urination or intercourse and about 50% will cause blood in the urine (hematuria). 

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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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