Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Pheochromocytoma is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2) syndrome. For the physician, surgical treatment seems well justified even though bilateral adrenalectomy will induce iatrogenically complete loss of adrenocortical function. For the patient this treatment may be a cause of medical problems as well as worry. We have evaluated quality of life after bilateral adrenalectomy in 27 MEN 2 patients through a combined oral and written approach. Mortality was low (one of 27), as was serious morbidity. Most patients had adapted well to the postadrenalectomy state. However, fatigue, worry, and noncompliance with daily medication often caused problems.