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Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1997 Aug;90(8):1185-8.

[Para-aortic paraganglioma found by arteriography. Apropos of a case and review of the literature].

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  • 1Service de médecine interne, centre hospitalier Saint-Joseph et Saint-Luc, Lyon.


A 53 years old man had an angiography for suspected renovascular hypertension (arteritis, renal insufficiency, duplex scanning). It showed a narrow right renal artery streched by a 45 mm mass arising from the adrenal. The computed tomography showed the tumor and the nuclear magnetic resonance imaging indicated a pheochromocytoma. The patient had no complain of headaches, palpitations or sweating. Biochemistry was normal except for a slight serum creatinin elevation and a non significant urinary noradrenaline level. A diagnostic of non functioning pheochromocytoma was made. The therapeutics consisted in a surgical ablation of the tumor and the right kidney (non functioning) and the patient became normotensive thereafter without treatment. The histologic feature was an aortico-sympathetic paraganglia, the adrenal was normal. Paraganglias are arising from the paraganglion system including chemodectoma and glomus jugulare tumor. Non functioning retroperitoneal paraganglias are uncommon: less than 50 in the literature between 1902 and 1992.

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