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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361

S. Afr. j. surg. vol.50 n.3 Cape Town Aug. 2012




Unexpected intra-operative diagnosis of a large cystic phaeochromocytoma and secondary nifedipine pharmacobezoar



D N GintherI; S KrieglerII; R KanthanIII; J M ShawIV

IMD, BSc; Division of General Surgery, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
IIMD, MB ChB, MMed, FRCP (C); Department of Medical Imaging, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
IIIMB BS, MS, FRCS, FRCPSC, FCAP, MEd; Department of Pathology, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
IVMB BCh, FCS (SA), MMed (Surg); Division of General Surgery, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, Canada




Cystic phaeochromocytoma is a rare neuro-endocrine tumour that is frequently asymptomatic and often diagnosed incidentally on imaging or intra-operatively. A pharmacobezoar is a rare complication of extended-release drug delivery systems. We present a case of a 70-year-old woman diagnosed intra-operatively with cystic phaeochromocytoma and antihypertensive pharmacobezoar.


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