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Phaeochromocytoma—“the great mimic”: an unusual presentation
  1. Louisa Mitchell1,
  2. Fionn Bellis2
  1. 1Emergency Department, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, Devon, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, Barnstaple, Devon, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Louisa Mitchell
 Emergency Department, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Wonford, Exeter, Devon, UK; louisa{at}


We report the case of a patient who presented to the emergency with the common symptoms of chest pain and dyspnoea and who was subsequently found to have the rare diagnosis of a phaeochromocytoma. We highlight the need to maintain a high index of suspicion of the various differential diagnoses in any case presentation and the importance of trusting clinical intuition. We comment on the benefit of the use of emergency ultrasound.

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