Figure 433

Localization of pheochromocytoma. Once the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma has been made it is very important to localize the tumor preoperatively so that the surgeon may remove it with a minimum of physical manipulation. Computed tomographic scan or MRI appears to be the most effective and safest techniques for this purpose [10]. The patient should be treated with a-adrenergic blocking agents for 7 to 10 days before surgery so that the contracted extracellular fluid volume can be expanded by vasodilation.

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