What causes pheochromocytoma?


The mechanisms that turn healthy cells in the adrenal glands into tumors is still somewhat of a mystery. A couple of identified causes include inherited traits called multiple endocrine neoplasia, von Hippel-Lindau disease, and neurofibromatosis. All of these conditions cause pheochromocytomas to develop in chromaffin cells outside of the adrenal gland. However, inherited causes only account for about 10 percent of the cases of pheochromocytomas.

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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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