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Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 329472, 4 pages
Case Report

Retroperitoneal Paraganglioma Presenting as a Chest Pain: A Case Report

1Department of Internal Medicine, East Tennessee State University, P.O. Box 70622, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA
2135 West Ravine Road, Suites 3 and 4 Kingsport, TN 37660, USA

Received 18 December 2012; Accepted 4 January 2013

Academic Editors: L. Beex, C. Gennatas, A. Goodman, B. I. Razzouk, and M. Romkes

Copyright © 2013 Parag Brahmbhatt 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.


Paragangliomas are very rare tumors derived from neuroendocrine cells of autonomic nervous system. Extra-adrenal paragangliomas account for only 10 to 15% of all paragangliomas and may present incidentally as a mass. Typical triad of fluctuating hypertension, headache, and sweating is not always present which makes the diagnosis difficult sometimes. Definitive diagnosis is usually made with histologic findings and surgery is the treatment of choice. We report a case of a 53-year-old male who presented with chest pain and vomiting.