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Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 841510, 4 pages
Case Report

Failure to Diagnose Phaeochromocytoma Preoperatively: A Case Report and Review of Diagnostic Criteria

1Department of Anaesthesia, Nottingham University Hospitals, Hucknall Road, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK
2Department of Anaesthesia, Nottingham City Hospital, Hucknall Road, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK

Received 8 November 2011; Accepted 25 December 2011

Academic Editors: U. Buyukkocak and T. Suzuki

Copyright © 2011 Ileana Antonopoulou and Mark Heining. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present a case in which phaeochromocytoma was not diagnosed preoperatively despite extensive investigation. There was significant haemodynamic instability during surgery. We review current diagnostic criteria with a view to reducing such a risk in future.