Acute myocardial infarction as the first manifestation of paraganglioma

  • Sara Pinto | pintosara88@gmail.com Internal Medicine Department, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Raquel Ferreira Cardiology Department, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Anabela Gonzaga Cardiology Department, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, Aveiro, Portugal.
  • José Mesquita Bastos Cardiology Department, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, Aveiro, Portugal.

Abstract

Paragangliomas (PGLs) are extra-adrenal neuroendocrine tumors, classified as sympathetic or parasympathetic according to their origin in the paraganglia of the autonomic nervous system. Sympathetic PGLs are mostly functional, presenting in a variable and non-specific way. We report a case of PGL, which was diagnosed further to an investigation of acute myocardial infarction in a postpartum woman, highlighting that the absence of typical symptoms may delay the diagnosis.

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2019-04-16
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Keywords:
Paraganglioma, acute myocardial infarction, catecholamines.
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Pinto, S., Ferreira, R., Gonzaga, A., & Bastos, J. M. (2019). Acute myocardial infarction as the first manifestation of paraganglioma. Italian Journal of Medicine, 13(2), 124-127. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2019.1115