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Case Reports in Endocrinology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 746723, 3 pages
Case Report

From Childhood Migraine Headache to Pheochromocytoma

Endocrinology Department, South Clinical Campus, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY 12208, USA

Received 4 April 2014; Accepted 14 May 2014; Published 25 May 2014

Academic Editor: Carlo Capella

Copyright © 2014 Y. M. Hazimeh et al. 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.


Pheochromocytoma may have multiple clinical manifestations including paroxysmal hypertension, tachycardia, sweating, nausea, and headache (Phillips et al., 2002). Migraine has some of the manifestations seen with pheochromocytoma. We describe a patient who had a history of migraine headaches since childhood and was found to have pheochromocytoma. Resection of her tumor significantly improved her headache. The diagnoses of pheochromocytoma subsequently lead to diagnosing her with medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN-2A).