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Pheochromocytoma arising in the settingof adrenal-renal fusion
Department of Urology, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
Oct  2019 (Vol.  26, Issue  5, Pages( 9952 - 9955)
PMID: 31629446


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  • Adrenal - renal fusion is an anomaly misclassified as a renal tumor due to the absence of pathognomonic radiographic features. Herein, we report a case of a 61-year-old male who underwent a right radical nephrectomy for a presumed renal malignancy. Pathologic evaluation demonstrated a pheochromocytoma in the context of adrenal-renal fusion. Neoplastic transformation of fused adrenal tissue is rare but not unheard of and is typically adrenal cortical in origin. To our knowledge, this is the first description of a pheochromocytoma originating from an adrenal-renal fusion. The clinical presentation did not raise a high index of suspicion for the ultimate diagnosis rendered.