Symptomatic hypotension following the clonidine suppression test for pheochromocytoma.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A 42-year-old man with generalized atherosclerosis underwent surgery of the left carotid artery with eventual placement of a Dacron graft bypassing the left carotid sinus. Subsequently, symptoms suggestive of pheochromocytoma developed, and 24-hour urine catecholamine levels were elevated. Clonidine testing resulted in suppression of plasma norepinephrine levels but was complicated by severe hypotension and a transient ischemic attack. Baroreceptor dysfunction may have been involved. Caution is advised and recommendations are offered for future usage of the clonidine suppression test.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Given, BD; Taylor, T; Lilly, LS; Dzau, VJ

Published Date

  • November 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 143 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2195 - 2196

PubMed ID

  • 6639244

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9926


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States