1997 Volume 88 Issue 10 Pages 900-903
We experienced a case of MEN type 2a with bilateral and large pheochromocytomas. A 39-year-old man was admitted to the previous hospital with complaints of paroxysmal headache, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Radiographic imagings showed thyroid tumors in both lobes and bilateral adrenal tumors. Thyroid tumors were histologically proved to be medullary thyroid carcinoma by needle biopsy and systemic investigations revealed an excessive secretion of plasma and urinary cathecholamines which suggested the presence of pheochromocytoma. The patient was diagnosed as MEN type 2a. He was admitted to our hospital for the treatment of bilateral adrenal tumors for which we performed one-stage bilateral adrenalectomy by thoracoabdominal approach. Both adrenal tumors were histologically confirmed as pheochromocytoma. The patient's postoperative course was uneventful. He underwent uneventful total thyroidectomy approximately 2 months after bilateral adrenalectomy.
Even in bilateral and large pheochromocytomas, one-stage bilateral adrenarectomy enables safe postoperative managements. We concluded that the thoracoabdominal approach is feasible in the patients with huge and cranially spreading adrenal tumor, which gives us a wide operative field for easy vascular control.