NCI Definition: A benign or malignant neuroendocrine neoplasm of the sympathetic nervous system that secretes catecholamines. It arises from the chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla. Clinical presentation includes headaches, palpitations, chest and abdominal pain, hypertension, fever, and tremor. Microscopically, a characteristic nesting (zellballen) growth pattern is usually seen. Other growth patterns including trabecular pattern may also be present. [1]

Significant Genes in Adrenal Gland Pheochromocytoma




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PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA, UNDETERMINED, Adrenal Gland Chromaffin Paraganglioma, Intraadrenal Paraganglioma, Adrenal Gland Paraganglioma, Chromaffin Paraganglioma of the Adrenal Gland, PCC, Adrenal Medullary Pheochromocytoma, Pheochromocytoma (adrenal), Pheochromocytoma, Adrenal Gland Chromaffinoma, Adrenal Pheochromocytoma, Adrenal Medullary Paraganglioma, Phaeochromocytoma
Malignant Adrenal Medulla Neoplasm
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2. The AACR Project GENIE Consortium. AACR Project GENIE: powering precision medicine through an international consortium. Cancer Discovery. 2017;7(8):818-831. Dataset Version 6. This dataset does not represent the totality of the genetic landscape; see paper for more information.

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