n African Journal of Psychiatry - Phaeochromocytoma - a classic (but easily forgotten) cause of anxiety : scientific letter

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



We report on a patient with recurrent panic attacks, depression, and palpitations caused by a phaeochromocytoma. The diagnosis was missed for ten years, and was only considered after she developed a potentially catastrophic intraoperative hypertensive crisis. The anxiety symptoms resolved completely after removal of the tumour. It is important to consider cathecholamine producing tumours in the work up for organic causes of psychiatric disorders.

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