What tests can determine the location of a pheochromocytoma?

When the diagnosis is confirmed with plasma or urine studies, the patient should have a CAT scan or MRI to identify the location of the pheochromocytoma. Pheochromocytomas usually have a very distinct appearance on CAT scan and MRI. CT or MRI can also help determine if other organs are involved or other tumors outside the adrenal glands (paragangliomas) exist. 

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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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