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A 30-year-old primigravida complains of headaches, sweating, and tachycardia...

asked Oct 27, 2016 in Ob/Gyn by Rajesh Bahara
A 30-year-old primigravida complains of headaches, restlessness, sweating, and tachycardia. She is 18 wk pregnant and her blood pressure is 200/120 mm Hg.
Appropriate workup might include

a. Exploratory laparotomy
b. Mesenteric angiography
c. Head CT scan
d. Abdominal CT scan
e. Abdominal ultrasonogram

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e. Abdominal ultrasonogram

This patient presents with the symptoms of a pheochromocytoma. These tumors can initially become symptomatic during pregnancy. A noninvasive workup should be performed. Ultrasonography of the abdomen is frequently sufficient to localize the tumor to the right or left adrenal; an abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan with its large dose of radiation should be avoided in pregnancy.
answered Oct 27, 2016 by Rajesh Bahara