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Pheochromocytoma and paralysis

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  • Posted By: chinnie
  • October 12, 2007
  • 10:01 AM

A relative of mine was diagnosed in July 07 with a benign Pheochromocytoma large tumor. It was surgically removed on Sept. 14th, but for a period of 20 days, he showed no progression. He presented right after surgery mild paralysis of the chest and extremities, and to this day, he can't breathe on his own; therefore, he had a tracheotomy performed (less intrusive than long term intubation, we were told by the doctors). He has no muscular strength. but has sensitivity and is able to move his fingers and toes. Early this week, doctors were suspicious of a tumor in the other adrenal gland, so he got 3 MRI scans that were inconclusive. They decided to perform a second surgery yesterday, this time exploratory, and found nothing abnormal. The other gland is ok, he has no remaining tumors and no hemorrhages. So the surgical and Intensive Care team of doctors are pretty much at loss over what's causing this extreme immobility. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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