Canine pheochromocytoma – diagnosis and surgical management

Catherine Davidson*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pheochromocytomas are a type of adrenal tumour. Although uncommon in dogs,
awareness of this type of tumour is important due to the life-threatening consequences related to their functionality. Pheochromocytomas may periodically produce catecholamines, accounting for many of the intermittent clinical signs seen. The inconsistent nature of these clinical signs can make them challenging to diagnose. The treatment of choice is surgical excision and optimal outcome relies on careful perioperative medical management to decrease the anaesthetic risk associated with paroxysmal catecholamine release during surgical manipulation. Both the surgical and anaesthetic management can be extremely challenging in pheochromocytoma cases but where metastasis has not occurred, good survival times are achievable.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUK-VET Companion animal
Issue number8
Early online date27 Aug 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Aug 2022


  • Pheochromocytoma
  • canine
  • adrenal
  • neoplasia
  • venotomy


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