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What is the most common age for diagnosis of pheochromocytoma?

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Pheochromocytoma can occur at any age. However, it is diagnosed most frequently between the ages of 30 and 50.1

Up to 20% of pheochromocytomas are diagnosed in children.2


  1. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The proper diagnosis, treatment, genetics, and research of pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma: Overview. Retrieved March 16, 2012, from https://science.nichd.nih.gov/confluence/display/pheo/Overview [top]
  2. King, K. S., Prodanov, T., Kantorovich, V., Fojo, T., Hewitt, J. K., Zacharin, M., et al., (2011). Metastatic pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma related to primary tumor development in childhood or adolescence: significant link to SDHB mutations. Journal of Clinical Oncology 29: 4137-4142. [top]

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