Pheochromocytoma is the classic catecholamine-secreting tumor. Other tumors may be encountered that also can secrete catecholamines such as epinephrine or norepinephrine. All of these tumors may be associated with clinical hypertension.


Tumors that can secrete catecholamines:

(1) pheochromocytoma

(2) neuroblastoma

(3) carcinoid tumors

(4) paragangliomas

(5) carotid body tumors

(6) renal cell carcinoma

(7) adrenal myelolipoma

(8) glomus tumor


Small cell carcinomas of the lung are neuroendocrine tumors but are not listed as producing catecholamines although there may be rare exceptions.


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