Ectopic pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma of the ZUCKERKANDL
Paraganglioma of the ZUCKERKANDL organ are rare. Diagnosis is based on clinical, radiological and biological arguments.

BA, 52-years-old male patient was seen in consultation for left hypochondrium pains. The clinical examination had revealed a painful tumefaction in the left flank and the left hypochondrium. A deep mass was observed, but was difficult to be assessed, due to pain. Abdominal-pelvic CT scan with contrast injection had revealed a tissue mass, suggesting a tumor of the tail of the pancreas.

Laparotomy showed this mass was not attached to the tail of the pancreas, and was along the abdominal aorta up to the aortic bifurcation. Upon touching the mass, blood pressure raised up to 240 mmHg. A least mobilization of the mass and the use of nicardipine helped maintain blood pressure below 180mmhg. Dissection was carried out from the aortic bifurcation to the TREITZ’s angle and the mass was removed. The follow-ups were characterized by low blood pressure a few minutes following the resection of the mass.

Source: International Journal of Surgery case reports

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