Journal article

Bowel perforation complicating an ACTH secreting phaeochromocytoma

E Flynn, S Baqar, D Liu, EI Ekinci, S Farrel, JD Zajac, M De Luise, E Seeman

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Case Reports | BioScientifica | Published : 2016


ACTH-secreting phaeochromocytoma (ASP) is a rare cause of ACTH-dependent Cushing’s syndrome (CS). We report the case of a 63-year-old female presenting with CS secondary to an ASP complicated by bowel perforation. This case report highlights ASP as an uncommon but important cause of ectopic ACTH secretion (EAS). There have been 29 cases of ASP, all of which were unilateral and benign, but associated with significant complications. Patients presenting with ASP have the potential for cure with unilateral adrenalectomy. Given this promising prognosis if recognised, ASP should be considered in the diagnostic workup of ACTH-dependent CS. As this case demonstrates, gastrointestinal complications c..

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