What is the most common age for diagnosis of pheochromocytoma?

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
  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.

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