The tumor can be caused by both genes and environmental factors. About a quarter of the cases are part of a hereditary disease such as:
A child is at higher risk for pheochromocytoma if he or she has any of these:
The most common symptom is high blood pressure, which can be very high. The high blood pressure can cause:
Other symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They may include:
The symptoms of pheochromocytoma can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and health history. He or she may also ask about your family’s health history. He or she will give your child a physical exam. Your child may also have tests, such as:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: