Paragangliomas

Overview

What is a paraganglioma?

Paragangliomas are noncancerous tumors that are found around the nerve cells. They are seen most often in the head, neck, and abdomen. They can also be seen on the adrenal glands of the kidneys. Sometimes they release hormones that cause a high blood pressure, hot flashes, racing heartbeat, and headaches.

Most of the time paragangliomas are caused by a genetic condition.

Paragangliomas almost always start as benign/noncancerous tumors. Sometimes they can become cancerous. If this happens, they are surgically removed and treated accordingly. Benign paragangliomas may also be surgically removed if they are causing a health problem (ex: causing hearing loss, making it difficult to breathe, etc).

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/paragangliomas-109959/overview/68981 • DATE UPDATED: 2019-02-19

References

(2011). Nonsyndrome paragnagliomas. Genetic Home Reference. Retrieved on February 19, 2019 from https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/nonsyndromic-paraganglioma#synonyms

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