Pheochromocytoma: Paroxysmal Hypertensive Headaches


  • Gary R. Bridgwater M.D.,

  • James R. Starling M.D.



A thirty-year-old female reported episodic vascular headaches for one year. On physical examination during a headache her average systolic and diastolic blood pressure rose 33 mm Hg and 18 mm Hg respectively. Her headaches ceased after removal of a 100 g left intra-adrenal tumor located by abdominal CAT scan. Details of the patient's diagnosis and the general evaluation of headache patients for pheochromocytoma are discussed.