Evaluation of an adrenal mass in a patient with progressive prostate cancer reveals pheochromocytoma

Mir A. Alikhan, Robert Williams, Kumar Udaya, Robert F. Shaefer, Sanjaya C. Viswamitra, Manish Kohli

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Abstract

Adrenal masses in cancer patients pose diagnostic problems. We report the case of a 59 years old male with a history of prostate cancer who presented to us with serially rising prostate specific antigen. On imaging studies he had bone lesions and in addition had a 1.7 cm left adrenal mass. Since metastasis to the adrenal gland has rarely been reported in prostate cancer, and since the radiological criteria in our case favored malignancy, we proceeded with hormonal evaluation and fine needle aspiration biopsy of the adrenal mass which proved it to be pheochromocytoma. This was followed by an uneventful adrenalectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)798-800
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Urology
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Adrenal mass
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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