Left untreated,phaeochromocytomas can cause severe problems and have a significant impact on your quality of life.

Theeffects on your heart and blood pressure could lead to complications, some of which are life-threatening, such as an irregular heartbeat ( arrhythmia ), heart attacks , strokes and organ failure.

However, the majority of tumours can be successfully removed during surgery and this will usually mean most of the symptoms disappear.

The tumour may eventuallyreturn in some people who have it removed, so you'll need to attend regular follow-up appointments after surgery. Contact your GP straight away if your symptoms return.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018