[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 59-year-old man was admitted with numbness, pain, and a tingling sensation in both lower legs. He was initially diagnosed with diabetic peripheral neuropathy based on a symptom questionnaire and a quantitative sensory test. Despite symptomatic treatment of diabetic neuropathy, he complained of worsening sensory symptoms and additional motor weakness in both lower extremities. As the motor weakness of both extremities became more aggravated over time, brain and spine imaging tests and a nerve conduction test were performed. The nerve conduction study revealed motor and sensory axonal neuropathy. In his cerebrospinal analysis, albumino-cytologic dissociation, which is compatible to the Gillian-Barre syndrome, was found. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis showed albumino-cytologic dissociation. He was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin and his neurologic deficits were gradually improved.
The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine 06/2010; 25(2):217-20.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although the spontaneous rupture of adrenal pheochromocytoma is rare, it can be lethal because it can induce serious changes in the circulation. We describe a 32 year old man with bilateral pheochromocyroma presenting as abdominal pain. In the emergency room, an abdominal MRI showed an aneurysmal vessel in the right adrenal mass and accompanying hemorrhage around the tumor capsule. The bleeding site was found by transfemoral abdominal angiography. Coil embolization was done in the bleeding vessels, specifically branches of the right adrenal artery. The hemorrhage was successfully controlled and vital signs of the patient were restored. Following emergency care, biochemical and imaging studies showed compatible findings of a bilateral adrenal pheochromocytoma. Postoperative histologic findings confirmed these observations. A ruptured pheochromocytoma should be considered as a cause of acute abdomen in cases of a concomitant adrenal mass. Intratumoral aneurysmal bleeding may be a cause of ruptured tumor, and careful angiographic intervention will help to ensure safe control of bleeding in such an emergency situation, even in cases of bilateral tumor.